43 passengers safe after whale-watch boat takes on water

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a Canadian whale-watching boat, 4ever Wild, was purposely grounded on a beach on Smith Island after it was taking on water Thursday, May 9, 2019.There were 43 passengers and six crew members onboard. 

The Coast Guard responded with boat crew from Station Bellingham, helicopter crew from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, the crew of the cutter Wahoo and a boat crew from Station Port Angeles. 

The Bellingham and Port Angeles vessels were unable to get close enough to help the people disembark. Everyone onboard was wearing a life jacket.

All 43 passengers were safely moved off the boat. Thirty to a small Coast Guard boat and 11 to another Canadian tour boat.

Some of the six crew members remained on the 60-foot catamaran to help with salvage.   

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