Family rescued from boat aground in Rich Passage

A Gig Harbor family of six was rescued Sunday afternoon after their powerboat ran aground and starting taking on water in Rich Passage.

South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Mike Wernet said the 35-foot motor vessel was returning from outside of the area when the accident occurred. No one was injured.

Wernet, who was not on the scene, did not have details on how the accident occurred.

The Coast Guard, along with two marine units from Port Orchard and Suquamish, responded. The family was transported to a nearby beach through a dingy, except for the owner, who stayed onboard.

According to SKFR Battalion Chief Guy Dalrymple’s report, the owner used a bilge pump to stay ahead of the leak before the Suquamish boat towed it back to Port Orchard Marina.


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