The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog in Southwest Washington this morning after their vessel ran aground.
Coast Guard officials said they received a mayday shortly after 2:30 a.m. from a 61-foot fishing vessel Genesis A. The boat apparently ran aground on a sand bar near Leadbetter Point, which is at the entrance to Willapa Bay.
The Coast Guard launched a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot lifeboat from Grays Harbor and responders from Cape Disappointment, on the Washington coast, according to a news release.
At 3:37 a.m., the helicopter crew hoisted four people and their dog to safety. There were no injuries, the Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard pollution investigators and Washington Department of Ecology will be evaluating the sandbar for potential pollution.
The cause of the grounding is still under investigation.