BROOKINGS, Ore. - No one was injured when a 52-foot wooden-hulled fishing boat ran aground early Saturday morning, but the Coast Guard crew that was first on the scene had to turn around and go back to dock to get smaller boat in order to rescue the three people on board.
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 could not free the vessel nor get close enough to evacuate the passengers.
The motor lifeboat crew went back to Station Chetco River and returned to the 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.