NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) – A fishing boat has run aground and broken up on the jetty while coming into the port of Newport on the central Oregon Coast, spilling 80 gallons of diesel fuel.
The Coast Guard says it is investigating why the 35-foot fishing vessel Sea Pup ran aground Friday.
Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer says when a helicopter and motor lifeboat got on scene, the captain was safely on the jetty, and a rescue swimmer escorted him to shore. There were no other people on the boat.
Shearer says there was no immediate information on what caused the boat to run up on the jetty, but the incident is being investigated, and the captain could be cited for pollution. The captain’s name was not released.