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Coast Guard Rescues Fishermen From Sinking Oregon Fishing Boat

Three commercial fishermen have been rescued from the F/V Coastal Reign.  The crew of the Coastal Reign issued a may-day message indicating they were taking on water near the mouth of the Columbia River.  The captain reported the vessel had struck a submerged object.  Coast Guard responded with motor life boats and helicopters and arriving on the scene with emergency pumps to help the vessel which was in danger of sinking.  The emergency efforts were successful in pumping out the vessel and the F/V Coastal Reign was taken in tow to Warrenton, Oregon.  Weather conditions at the scene were described as six-foot swells with winds of 15 miles per hour.  The Captain of the Port issued an order requiring the Coastal Reign to be properly inspected and repaired before returning to service.