Coast Guard rescues fisherman before boat sinks off southern Oregon Coast

A Coast Guard crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II from Coast Guard Station Chetco River assist a fisherman with his flooding vessel off the Chetco River entrance, Ore., June 6, 2018. A Coast Guard crew member boarding the flooding vessel with a portable dewater pump, but evacuated along with the fisherman after dewatering attempts failed.U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Chetco River.

BROOKINGS-HARBOR, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman before his vessel sank off the southern Oregon Coast on Wednesday morning.

The fisherman radioed Coast Guard Sector North Bend for help at 10 a.m.

He said his 29-foot commercial fishing boat, the Roni J, was taking on water faster than his pumps could remove it.

Two boats from Coast Guard Station Chetco River responded to the scene, about 2 1/2 miles off shore from the entrance to the Chetco River.

The Coast Guard atttempted to use a portable pump to help. But the water shifted, forcing the crew to relocate the pump, the Coast Guard said in a report.

"They were unable to find a new spot before the water had risen too high," according to the Coast Guard.

The Roni J sank in 200 feet of water with an estimated 60 gallons of fuel, the Coast Guard said.

No one was injured.

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