Portland Coast Guard Investigating Fishing Vessel Starrigavan

PORTLAND, Ore. – The fishing vessel, Starrigavan, is currently on the south side of the south jetty at the Tillamook Bar entrance out of the navigable channel, approximately 500 yards from the shore line. The vessel appears to be upright in approximately 12 feet of water, mostly submerged. The full extent of damage to the vessel is still unknown. It is not posing a hazard to navigation at the bar entrance.

There is no active pollution from the vessel.

A Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter crew from Airstation Astoria conducted overflights of the area earlier in the day. No oil sheen was observed.

Pollution Investigators from Sector Portland responded to the scene to assess the integrity of the vessel and determine if there is any potential for a release of fuel into the water. Response personnel conducted both shore and waterside surveys of the vessel today. The exact amount of fuel onboard, if any, is still unknown. Plans are being made to deploy preventative measures such as boom on the shore if local sea conditions allow prior to salvage operations. Sector Portland will also oversee commercial salvage operations that will safely remove the vessel from the jetty.

Coast Guard personnel from Sector Portland and Station Tillamook Bay will continue to monitor the stability and location of the vessel on scene.

The cause of the incident is unknown at this time. An investigation has been launched by Coast Guard Sector Portland.

The Starrigavan wrecked on the south jetty of Tillamook Bay near Garibaldi, Ore., Thursday night. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Tillamook Bay and an HH-60 helicopter from Airstation Astoria responded to the emergency. All four crewmembers were rescued from the vessel by the HH-60 and taken to a local hospital. One of the crewmembers suffered serious injuries and was later pronounced dead at Tillamook County General Hospital.

Source: USCG D13 Public Affairs

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