US Coast Guard searches for 2 people after Canadian boat takes on water

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The US Coast Guard searches the waters off Washington state for two fishermen missing after a Canadian boat began to take on the water.In a statement, the Coast Guard said it received a radio distress call around 2 a.m. from the 20-meter commercial fishing vessel Arctic Fox II, which was about 135 kilometers off Cape Flattery in the state of Washington at the time.

Cape Flattery is the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States. It’s just south of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, across the Salish Sea.

The appellant said the ship was taking on water and three people on board were planning to abandon the ship. The caller reported that they were wearing survival suits – floaty suits that help delay the onset of hypothermia.

The Coast Guard deployed a helicopter from Oregon and a plane from California to search for the crew. Once the crews arrived, the coast guard said, they immediately spotted a lifeboat with a survivor on board. He was hoisted into the helicopter.

The search for others is continuing, the Coast Guard said, and Canadian search and rescue teams from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Victoria should join in their efforts.

Transport Canada lists a fishing vessel named Arctic Fox II in its vessel registration system.

According to the Federal Register, Arctic Fox II is a wooden boat built in Scotland in 1947. Victoria is its port of registry.

The Teague Fishing Corporation of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, is listed as the owner of the boat. CBC News called Teague, but was told no one was answering questions.

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