Coast Guard searches for wreckage, keeps Yaquina Bay bar closed

13th Coast Guard District NewsNEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., has ordered the Yaquina Bay bar remained closed, Tuesday, despite improved weather conditions.

The Coast Guard is working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers and private contractors to locate wreckage of the fishing vessel Chevelle that may pose a hazard to navigation in Yaquina Bay.

The 70-foot fishing vessel Chevelle ran aground on the north jetty of Yaquina Bay, Saturday. The vessel was broken-up and swept off the jetty due to inclement weather Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard understands the effects the closure has on commerce and will make every effort to re-open the bar as soon as Yaquina Bay is considered safe for navigation.

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