3 rescued from crab boat off Oregon Coast

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen Wednesday morning from a 39-foot crab boat that ran aground off Cape Arago.

The vessel Robert Henry ran aground approximately 400 yards off Cape Arago.

The Coast Guard received the report from the vessel's Emergency Indicating Radio Beacon and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend, Ore., and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Coos Bay, Ore.

A fire department crew from Charleston, Ore., also deployed on scene.

The boats were unable to reach the fishermen due to the surrounding rocks. At 3:30 a.m., the helicopter crew hoisted the members on board and transferred them to local EMS on shore.

Coast Guard pollution investigators are en route from Astoria, Ore., to assess the scene for potential pollution and work with the owner to develop a salvage plan.

The Robert Henry is reported to have approximately 4,000 pounds of catch and 400 gallons of fuel on board, the Coast Guard said.

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