7 survivors of yacht taking on water off Washington

The Coast Guard said its crews rescued seven people over the weekend after a large yacht took on water and became disabled 25 miles off the Washington coast.

Workers at the Columbia River Coast Guard Sector Command Center received a radio call from the crew of the 143-foot vessel at 6 a.m. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release Monday.

The crew said the yacht was taking on water because they couldn’t close the transom door at the rear of the yacht. Members of the yacht’s crew also said they activated the engine room fire extinguisher system after seeing smoke, which disabled the vessel.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor and Station Quillayute River, and a 210-foot medium endurance cutter were dispatched to the yacht to evacuations and towing.

No medical problems and no pollution from the yacht were reported.

The cutter arrived this afternoon to tow the yacht towards the entrance to Juan De Fuca Strait where the tow would be passed on to a commercial salvage company. This process took nearly 24 hours, according to the Coast Guard.

The commercial tug was to tow the yacht to a Port Angeles shipyard for repairs.

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