Coast Guard responds to vessel grounded near Rogue River

 SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is responding to a 50-foot cabin cruiser that ran aground three miles northwest of the Rogue River near Gold Beach, Ore., today.

Coast Guard Group North Bend received a call that the concrete-hulled pleasure craft Four-Play had run aground and was taking on water near the Rogue River Reef at approximately midnight. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Search and Rescue Detachment Rogue River was dispatched to the scene. After attempts to dewater the vessel failed, the crew rescued the vessel’s owner from the boat and returned him to shore.

Pollution investigators from Coast Guard Sector Portland will conduct a search of the area at 11:30 a.m. to determine if any fuel has been released into the water. There are 700 gallons of diesel fuel oil and 40 gallons of gasoline on board the Four-Play. No pollution has been reported.

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability (CERCLA) fund has been opened for $10,000 and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have been notified.

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