ILWACO, Wash. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued five men Saturday after their boat sank in waters 13 miles west of Ilwaco, Wash.

The operator of the 26-foot Lotta Fun sent a distress signal to Air Station Astoria around 8:45 a.m.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria and two 47-foot motor lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, in Ilwaco, were launched at about 9:15 a.m. to assist. The operator of the Lotta Fun fired two distress flares, which aided the helicopter in locating the boat.

The helicopter crew lowered a pump in an attempt to keep the boat afloat.

"They were bailing and we dropped a dewatering pump; they stopped to pull in the pump and the boat sank underneath them," said Bob Coster, Coast Guard civilian.

The Lotta Fun sank at 9:26 a.m., forcing all five people aboard into the 48-degree water, Coast Guard officials said in a statement.

Everyone aboard was wearing a life jacket when the boat sank.

A rescue swimmer from the helicopter pulled two of the people from the water, the other three were picked up by one of the lifeboats.

The group was taken to Station Cape Disappointment and evaluated by emergency medical technicians and all were released.

Coster identified the five as owner Brian Ott, 42, of Battle Ground, Wash.; Eric Clark, 39, of Amboy, Wash.; Richard Ott, 47, of Vancouver, Wash.; Bradley Mayew, 46, of Vancouver and Herald Jones, 70, of Vancouver.

Cause of the sinking was under investigation.


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