Joint fishing vessel boarding by Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay results in arrests in Garibaldi, Ore.

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WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard issued a notice of 13 safety violations, including four especially hazardous condition issues, to the crew of a fishing vessel during a joint law enforcement boarding with the Oregon State Police in Tillamook Bay, Sunday.

Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay boarding team members identified numerous safety violations aboard the fishing vessel Jimco and the Coast Guard issued a captain of the port order on the vessel, requiring the crew to keep it in port until all identified safety issues are fixed.

The Coast Guard received notification from the Oregon State Police that the crew was potentially operating the vessel in violation of the Federal Clean Water act, with other numerous safety issues. Coast Guard watchstanders in the Tillamook Bar watchtower identified the vessel as it entered the bay, and a joint Coast Guard and Oregon State Police boarding team met the boat at the Garibaldi Marina at 5 p.m.

During the joint boarding, it was discovered that a female crewmember aboard the vessel had two outstanding warrants. She was taken into custody by Oregon State Police.

Further investigations by Oregon State Police officers revealed the woman had a personal use amount of methamphetamines in her possession. The existence of the controlled substance led to a vessel wide search for further drugs. The boarding team found three bags and two pipes, which tested positive for methamphetamines and a cigarette case which tested positive for marijuana.

All paraphernalia was confiscated by the Oregon State Police and the vessel’s master was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamines. A third crewmember was not arrested or charged.

“The Coast Guard will often work with local law enforcement officers to help identify persons with warrants or other issues of concern,” said Lt. Cmdr. Torrey Bertheau, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River chief of enforcement. “This case led to two arrests, finding the drug paraphernalia and the numerous safety violations aboard the vessel. This case highlights the outstanding partnership between the Coast Guard and local law enforcement personnel.”

Safety violations found on the vessel included the life raft being beyond its service date, non-operational navigation lights on the vessel, the emergency position indicating radio beacon being beyond battery and registration service date and a lack of serviceable cold water immersion safety suits. The Jimco is homeported in Port Townsend, Wash.

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