Crab boat runs aground near Shaw Island in WA
Thursday, July 7, 2011
SHAW ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The Coast Guard says a crab boat with seven people on board ran aground near Shaw Island in the San Juan Islands, about 70 miles northwest of Seattle.
Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle says two of the crew suffered broken bones and hypothermia and were flown to a hospital.
The Coast Guard was notified of the accident early Friday.
A San Juan County sheriff's boat was first on the scene. It picked up the seven and took them to Friday Harbor.
The sheriff's office says the 22-foot boat was involved in commercial tribal crabbing. Sheriff Rob Nou says the vessel is owned and operated by 42-year-old Henry T. Jackson of Suquamish.
The sheriff's office is investigating the grounding with the aid of the Coast Guard.
There has been no apparent fuel spill.