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.