CHARLESTON -- A 50-foot fishing vessel ran aground early Sunday just north of the entrance of the Coos Bay.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded after the vessel New York began taking on water about 5:30 a.m.
The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot motor life boat and personnel from the Coast Guard's Group/Air Station in North Bend launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter to respond. The helicopter crew attempted to hoist the three fishermen on board. That effort failed because of the vessel's instability due to the surf. The fishermen swam ashore on their own.
The helicopter crew landed on the beach, picked up the fisherman and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical personnel at the Group/Air Station.
The vessel's captain later reported that about 300 gallons of diesel, 15 gallons of hydraulic oil and a half-gallon of oil were on board.
Coast Guard pollution investigators responded and are developing a cleanup operation.
'Sector Columbia River has taken an aggressive and proactive response by hiring an oil spill response contractor to assess and perform the clean-up project, Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Johna Rossetti said. 'Our primary goals are the safety of responders and to recover as much pollution as possible to protect the environment."
The print version of this article gave an incorrect location for the vessel.