COPALIS?BEACH, Wash. — Two U.S. Coast Guard motor lifeboats partnered with the cutter Fir to assist a drifting fishing vessel with a jammed rudder 10 miles West of Copalis Beach, Wash., Wednesday.

The crew of the Astoria-based cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender already underway, initially towed the disabled, 75-foot commercial fishing vessel Lady Law to Grays Harbor after it contacted the command center at Warrenton Regional Airport.

It transferred the tow to the two Westport, Wash.-based 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor. The vessel was safely towed to Westhaven Marina at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday.

There were no reports of injuries or pollution.

“Having two (motor lifeboats) conduct a tow of a vessel over the limitations of a single (motor lifeboat) was a great experience,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ivan Bell, coxswain on one of the motor lifeboats. “Never have I had the opportunity to conduct such a task. The training and experience of the (motor lifeboat) crews met and exceeded my expectations.”


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