The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk while on patrol off of Winchester Bay, terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel for safety gear concerns found during an at-sea boarding Monday.
The three member crew, fishing for crab, aboard the 39-foot vessel Dusky was safely escorted to Winchester Bay, where the vessel was ordered to remain until the crew fixed the especially hazardous safety condition of an expired life raft and replace the expired flares which were found on board.
A crew from Coast Guard Station Umpqua River verified that the Dusky crew addressed all violations, allowing the crew to return to sea with their vessel Tuesday.
Passing a Coast Guard fishing vessel examination will become mandatory on Oct. 15. Any fishing vessel crew operating beyond three miles off shore will need to have completed their safety examination and received a commercial fishing vessel safety decal which is displayed on the vessel.
The crew of the Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Washington.