Boat runs aground north of Coos Bay entrance

Crew swims to shore
2011-10-24T11:00:00Z 2011-10-25T09:35:45Z Boat runs aground north of Coos Bay entrance Coos Bay World
October 24, 2011 11:00 am

The World

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.

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(12) Comments

  1. davidhomeboy
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    davidhomeboy - October 30, 2011 8:15 am
    I am not from Oregon, but I have family living in NB. I was there for the first time in my life and loved it. So much that the wife and I plan on moving there soon as we can. We live in Kansas. Bottom line it needs cleaned up period. Question! Don't boats have a double lined fuel tank and oil tanks with tip over spillage preventors? It is too bad that it happened,but no life was lost. Do what you have to do and go on with life. Law of average is that it will happen again someday.
  2. rjnoitall
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    rjnoitall - October 27, 2011 8:27 pm
    if you build it they will come. supertankers that is. my fear is the coos bay bar is a tough one and eventialy something will happen on crossing. it wont be overhauled properly. lots of money will be spent. they will tell us its fixed and safe. not true.
  3. CB Lifer
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    CB Lifer - October 26, 2011 11:45 am
    For real? I am not a tree hugger or Gaia worshipper (whatever that is), but we should clean up any kind of oil spill. Hiluix, if we don't clean them up, they will just add up and eventually we can have a sea of oil. But I can see your not concerned. There have already been billions of gallons of oil spilled into the ocean. No panic, just needs cleaned up. As far a LNG, I don't really want to take a chance on my grandchildren being blown up for profit. There are safer ways.
  4. DHCollins
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    DHCollins - October 25, 2011 1:42 pm
    Actually, my concern was for the oystermen among us. Any kind of contamination that gets into the bay is a problem for them. If you're going to slam Gaia worshippers, you should also slam LNG naysayers. Both are costing this community any chance of a marine based future. That shipwreck is very symbolic of where we're heading as a coastal economy. x
  5. hiluix
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    hiluix - October 25, 2011 11:50 am
    @ Penelop , gracelamb and DHcollins Nope not an idiot I am just not to concerned about insignificant things like 300 gallons of diesel in an ocean consisting of trillions of gallons of water , you can go back to worshipping Gaia now or if you are really concerned about the shipwreck and mother Earth you can go out there and actually do something about it by helping clean it up !
  6. Common Sense
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    Common Sense - October 25, 2011 10:09 am
    Wait to the LNG Ships come in...

    With their US Government study of a Known 2 mile Hazard Burn Zone radius, when they go aground, catch on fire & blow UP! This would affect OVER 10K people living within that 2 mile Hazard Burn Zone radius, which includes schools, Gas stations, etc, etc!

    Bottomline: This rocky coast line has a history of Ships getting damaged or sinking due to the weather, thus another reason the EXPORTING LNG SCAM at Jordon Cove in a Tsunami Zone is unwanted/unneeded here!!!!
  7. realitybites
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    realitybites - October 24, 2011 9:34 pm
    Headline says boat is aground in bay.
    No, it's in the ocean; the bay is on the other side of the north spit.
  8. gracelamb
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    gracelamb - October 24, 2011 7:39 pm
    Hiluix--- WOW YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!
  9. Local Jerk
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    Local Jerk - October 24, 2011 6:07 pm
    That is a great move to get evironmental people on board before a problem grows.....Ive fished there and can tell you that if you get too close and the wind pushes you in along with the tide
    it is almost impossible to get back out. There are probably a huge amount of crab pots buried in that sand that couldn't be retrieved. Carrissa taught us that the earler you get a tug on it the better the odds of getting back. Hope we dont have to blow it up! glad the crews are safe......Knutson - go get it
  10. penelop
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    penelop - October 24, 2011 4:35 pm
    hiluix: Your idiot-ness is showing.
  11. DHCollins
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    DHCollins - October 24, 2011 4:30 pm
    That's 300 gallons of diesel. If it washed up on your favorite beach, you'd bitch too. But the local authorities still haven't removed that sunken vessel in the Charleston harbor. So your lack of concern over this is obviously contagious.

  12. hiluix
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    hiluix - October 24, 2011 12:14 pm
    Oh no 300 gallons of oil in an ocean consisting of trillions of gallons of water and a beach consisting if millions or billions of tons of sand , someone call the Gaia worshippers society and panic .
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