DEPOE BAY - The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen from a sinking fishing vessel in the Pacific Ocean five miles west of Depoe Bay Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay received a distress call on channel 16 from the 78-foot fishing vessel Jaguar at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Jaguar, operated by Nick Edwards, is among the fleet that delivers to the North Coast.

The station launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay was monitoring the broadcast and launched a 30-foot surf rescue boat and a 47-foot motor lifeboat.

The lifeboat crew rescued the three fishermen and took them back to Station Depoe Bay, where they were seen by an emergency medical technician and released. The fishing vessel sank in 250 feet of water. Weather conditions at the time of the rescue included 25 knot winds from the southwest and 8 to 10 foot swells.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Portland is investigating the cause of the accident.


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