The Coast Guard early Monday escorted a fishing vessel that was severely listing and in danger of capsizing approximately two miles south of the Columbia River entrance.
The 53-foot steel hulled fishing vessel Ashlyne crew made a mayday call to the Coast Guard after the vessel began listing for an unknown reason. The crew then reported their 70,000 pound catch of fish had shifted in the fish hold, causing further listing and reduction in vessel stability as the Ashlyne attempted to return to port.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew out of Air Station Astoria, and a 47-foot motor lifeboat out of Station Cape Disappointment, deployed to escort the vessel back to Ilwaco. On-board pumps were able to keep up with flooding in the fish hold throughout the transit.
Ashlyne is home ported in Warrenton. No injuries were reported among the four man crew. Sea conditions were eight to 12 foot swells.
The Coast Guard has issued a captain of the port order restricting the Ashlyne from further movement until it is examined by Coast Guard marine inspectors, the cause of the flooding and loss of stability determined and all repairs are made.