The F/V Nat has been pushed shoreward by a strong incoming high tide to where it’s 250 feet from dry land. It appears that rather than trying to pull the boat back out into deep water the owner may have it pulled up onto the beach and lifted onto a low boy flatbed. They’re still analyzing the situation. There is a strong odor of diesel fuel in the air which could weigh heavily on their options
The crew of the Nat were headed in for a quick port call in Newport and then head back out to their crab pots soaking on the bottom. The Coast Guard says they misjudged their position and headed in toward shore south of the South Jetty, running aground in soft sand.
The vessel is full of water very hard aground, the incoming tide not enough to refloat it.