Fishing boat wreck is still under investigation

2013-01-15T13:37:00Z 2013-01-16T08:07:47Z Fishing boat wreck is still under investigationThe World Coos Bay World
January 15, 2013 1:37 pm  • 

CHARLESTON — Officials have yet to determine a cause in the grounding of a fishing vessel near Charleston earlier this month.

Coast Guard officials told The World on Tuesday that they are still investigating the wreck of the fishing vessel Robert Henry near Cape Arago.

The 39-foot crab boat, which ran aground early Jan. 2, was completely removed from the area near Simpson Reef overlook as of Jan. 7.

A day after the wreck, the vessel split and began leaking diesel fuel, resulting in a 160-yard sheen. The fuel was carried out to sea and sick mammals were not spotted as a result of the spill, U.S. Fish and Wildlife representative Dawn Grafe said.

Recovery of the boat was carried out by Oregon State Parks and salvage contractors hired by the vessel’s insurer.

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