Coast Guard rescues three after vessel runs aground in Chetco River, Ore.

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard rescued three people from a fishing vessel after the vessel ran aground near Brookings, Ore., Saturday.

Coast Guard Group North Bend received a report at approximately 1:50 a.m., stating the 52-foot, wooden-hulled fishing vessel Josias had run aground in the Chetco River near the north jetty.

Coast Guard Station Chetco River, Ore., launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and arrived on scene at approximately 2 a.m. The motor lifeboat crew determined they could not free the vessel nor get close enough to evacuate the passengers.

The motor lifeboat crew departed the area of the grounding, returned to Station Chetco River, and arrived back on scene in a 25-foot response boat. The 25-foot response boat crew safely evacuated all three passengers and transported them to Station Chetco River.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

Fishing vessel Josias remains aground and has approximately 400 gallons of diesel fuel on board.

The Coast Guard is closely monitoring 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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