Coast Guard rescues fishing vessel near Copalis Beach


A Coast Guard Cutter and two motorized lifeboats brought a disabled Westport-based fishing vessel safely into port Wednesday.

BM2 Robert Mantell said the 172-ton Lady Law had rudder problems about 10 miles off of Copalis Beach and was towed by the cutter Fir out of Astoria, Ore., up to the bar in Grays Harbor, where two 47-foot motor life boats towed it in.

Lady Law was also weighed down with 120 tons of catch, making the total weight 292 tons.

“That exceeds the 47s’ limitations greatly,” Mantell said.

The two smaller boats worked in tandem to bring the fishing boat in, the first time that’s been done out of the Westport station, Mantell said.