On May 7 about 25 miles off the Washington coast, 143-foot M/Y Domani became disabled, taking on water because the transom door was failing to close. There were no medical concerns among the seven people on board or reports of pollution.
The U.S. Coast Guard received a call from Domani’s crew at 6 a.m., and they dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and motor lifeboat crews.
“After observing smoke, the yacht crewmembers also engaged the engine room fire suppression system, at which time the vessel became disabled,” states the Coast Guard press release. “The crew then energized their emergency batteries in order to maintain communications.”
The helicopter crew arrived on the scene first and provided updates to the Coast Guard watchstanders, with the boat crew arriving around 7:30 a.m. for support. However, the yacht exceeded the towing capacity of the 47-meter lifeboats, so 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Active was diverted to the area. The USCG shared on Twitter that the flooding was under control at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Cutter Active arrived on the scene around 2:30 p.m., and the crew placed Domani in a stern tow. She was towed with the yacht’s crew on board Cutter Active toward the Strait of Juan De Fuca entrance. After a nearly 24-hour transit, the yacht arrived near Neah Bay on Sunday at about 3 p.m., where the tow was taken over by a commercial tug.
Domani was then towed to a shipyard in Port Angeles, Washington, arriving on May 9 around 5 p.m. to undergo repairs.
#BreakingNews (1/2) #USCG crews responding to a disabled 143-foot yacht 45-miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Wash., with 7 people aboard. No medical concerns. Vessel cannot close transom door and water has entered the stern. Flooding is under control. Rescue crews remain on scene. pic.twitter.com/F10f7yYAiy— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 7, 2022