The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the crew of a vessel taking on water 30 nautical miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River Sunday.
Sector Columbia Rivers Command Center received a distress call from the 36-foot commercial fishing vessel Elijah at approximately 8:30 a.m. The vessel was taking on water and the crew was unable to determine the source of the leak.
Station Cape Disappointment and Air Station Astoria launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, respectively, to assist.
The helicopter crew lowered a pump to the vessels crew. The crew then successfully pumped the water out of their vessel and patched the leak when it was found in the bilge. The lifeboat crew then towed the fishing vessel into port. There were no injuries.
Video of the mission is available at http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=1631776