Three commercial fishermen, coming in after setting their crab pots in anticipation of Monday’s open to crab season, ran aground Saturday night while trying to get back in to Newport. The F/V Nat missed the mouth of the Jaws off Newport and came right onto the beach just south of the South Jetty.
The crew called the Coast Guard telling them what had happened then went over the side and started wading their way to the beach. The captain sustained a sore set of ribs along the way but his injuries are not thought to be serious.
When the three fishemen got about half-way to shore they had Newport firefighters waiting for them, to help them the rest of the way in.
Pictures show there is at least one man who has returned to the boat to stand watch until morning. High Tide Saturday night was at 9:15pm. Next High Tide is at around 9am Saturday. They may try to get the vessel back underway at that point.
The Coast Guard says navigating into Newport is clearly outlined in charts, through buoys and soundings, along with radar, yet vessels still miss the mouth of the Jaws. Just in the last three years, two boats have crashed against the north side of the north jetty and now the F/V Nat runs aground south of the South Jetty.
We’ve heard the F/V Nat is a relatively new vessel so it might weather the bouncing around rather well.