Victoria Clipper lends assist to sinking fishing boat

Victoria Clipper lends assist to sinking fishing boat
Passenger on Victoria Clipper snaps photo of sinking Clam Digger fishing vessel off Guemes Island on July 10, 2013.
ANACORTES, Wash. -- Passengers on board the Victoria Clipper got a little extra excitement on their ride Wednesday evening after the Clipper responded to a Coast Guard call for help rescuing a person on a sinking fishing boat near Guemes Island.

Crew members from the Clipper managed to get the person off the 59-foot Clam Digger safely around 5 p.m. A Coast Guard cutter from Bellingham arrived a short time later and took the fisherman from the ferry.

The Coast Guard says the boat has since run aground near the island and mostly sank with only 3 feet of the boat's bow still above the water line. The boat was carrying up to 3,000 gallons of diesel and a sheen was spotted around the vessel.

The boat's owner has contacted a salvage company to recover the boat and help clean up the mess.

There is no word what caused the fishing boat to sink.