Coast Guard rescues four near Willapa Harbor

By Daily World Staff

A Coast Guard helicopter crew plucked four fisherman and their dog off of a boat that had run aground in Willapa Harbor early Friday morning.

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m., when the Genesis A struck a sand bar near the entrance of the bay, near Leadbetter Point. The men called the Coast Guard, who dispatched a MH-60 helicopter from Air Station Astoria, Oregon and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Grays Harbor.

By 3:40 a.m., the men and the dog were hoisted into the helicopter. It is unclear the condition the boat was in when it struck the bar, but the 61-foot-fishing vessel was still on the bar, visable from the shore line by sunrise. At press time, the condition of the men and the type of medical assistance they received, if any, was unclear.