Coast Guard updates plan to remove grounded fishing vessel in Chetco River, Ore.

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard hired contractors, Sunday, to remove a fishing vessel that ran aground, Saturday, near Brookings, Ore., in the Chetco River near the north jetty.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Ore., Incident Management Division (IMD) hired First Strike response contractors from Roseburg, Ore., to assess and remove recoverable oil and deploy hard and soft boom around the 52-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel Josias, Saturday.

IMD hired Northwest Marine Services out of North Bend, Ore., Sunday, to remove the vessel from the waterway to mitigate the pollution threat from inaccessible tanks.

Northwest Marine found that a rock punctured a hole in the vessel, crushing the hydraulic tank. Hydraulic oil is leaking from the engine compartment. Northwest Marine has contracted a crane barge, and plans to sling and remove the vessel at high on tide Monday.

Coast Guard Auxiliary units are providing warnings to vessels transiting through the channel of the no-wake zone in the vicinity of the vessel.

The Coast Guard will continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure the navigation channel remains safe for commercial and recreational vessels, and to quickly mitigate and minimize any potential pollution threat.

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