PRESS RELEASE: The Coast Guard recovered six people from the 62-foot fishing vessel TW Legacy after the vessel ran aground near Decatur Island, Wash., while transiting Thatcher Pass early Saturday morning, August 27, 2011.
The Coast Guard received the report of the vessel grounding at approximately 2:30 a.m. and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, stationed in Bellinghamto respond.
Cutter Terrapin arrived on scene at approximately 3 a.m. and began transferring the six-person crew on board.
At approximately 8:10 a.m., a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft from Coast Guard Station Bellingham arrived on scene and transferred the TW Legacy crew on board and is expected to arrive to Bellingham at approximately 11 a.m. Cutter Terrapin will remain on scene until an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angele is able to conduct a fly over to assess the area for potential pollution.
Ballard Diving and Salvage is scheduled to arrive on scene and recover the grounded vessel.