Violations and unsafe conditions included:

  • Loose and hanging wires in the bilge;
  • Open gas containers;
  • Unsecured deck plates;
  • No pollution placard;
  • No garbage placard;
  • No state registration displayed on the outside of the vessel.

Watchstanders at US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received notification from Seattle Police Department personnel that the yacht, with two people onboard, was taking on water half a mile off Alki Beach.


Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, while a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from US Coast Guard Station Seattle and a Seattle Fire Department crew aboard Fire Boat 2 responded.

Additional fire department personnel arrived at Alki Beach to locate the vessel from shore. Visibility was so limited, crews could not locate the vessel until the people onboard shot off a flare.

Once on scene, USCG and fire department crews removed 100 gallons of water and the cause of the flooding appeared to be mechanical.

The US Coast Guard boat crew towed the vessel to the Elliot Bay Marina where they conducted the post-SAR boarding.

Weather reported as overcast with rain, upwards of 17-mph winds and 5-miles of visibility.