Fishing boat sinks in Yaquina Bay

Fishing boat sinks in Yaquina Bay
The commercial fishing vessel, Chevelle, is grounded on the jetty at the Yaquina Bay river mouth, near Newport, Ore., Mar. 11, 2012, after alliding with the jetty the previous day. The Coast Guard is on-scene monitoring the vessel for any pollution while a salvage operation awaits a break in the weather. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Stephanie Pitts.

NEWPORT, Ore. - A fishing boat with over 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board hit the north jetty and ran aground at the mouth of Yaquina Bay on Saturday.

Battered by wind and waves, the vessel broke apart and sank Sunday.

The Coast Guard said a light sheen of oil could be seen beginning to leak from the fishing vessel Chevelle and was dissipating due to the weather and high seas.

"Pre-established geographic response plans have been enacted with the aim to protect sensitive areas within Yaquina Bay," the Coast Guard said. "Salvage operations are slated to occur as soon as the heavy weather subsides."

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the crewmembers.

"The Coast Guard pollution response team is working closely with the responsible party, contractors and Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, located in Newport, to mitigate the potential affect on the environment should the vessel break up causing the diesel to be released," the agency said.

The owner of the vessel has contracted with a salvage operator to locate and remove the sunken vessel.