Fishing boat runs aground near Neah Bay



SEATTLE (AP) — The Coast Guard rescued three crewmen from a fishing boat that ran aground early Wednesday on rocks about four miles west of Neah Bay.

The operator called for help about 3:30 a.m. and said he had fallen asleep and that the 37-foot vessel was taking on water.

A 47-foot Coast Guard motor lifeboat from Neah Bay responded but was unable to pull alongside in the shallow water, so the three fishermen had to swim to the boat. They were checked paramedics on shore and released.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Robert Lanier in Seattle, says no fuel leaked from the fishing boat. It did not sink and can be salvaged.