A couple of fishing buddies from Oregon City had a great day of tuna fishing but their day quickly turned south when they tried to get back into Newport.
They thought they were in position to get get back into Yaquina Bay, but they missed the mouth of the jaws buy at least a half mile. They said they began to hear waves but thought it was just the usual waves that break at the mouth of the jetties. But the roar of the waves was coming from the beach and in a few moments their boat came to a sudden stop on the sand just about straight out from Georgie’s Restaurant on Elizabeth’s Street.
Oregon State Police and Newport Fire-Rescue were called to make sure everybody was okay. Both men said they were fine but that they’d like to get their tuna home sufficiently fresh to make the trip to Newport worthwhile. The trooper called a tow truck. It picked up one of the men, drove him to the South Beach Marina, picked up his boat trailer and headed back to the beach where the boat was to be retrieved and brought back to the marina. Fortunately for the men and the tow truck driver, the tide was moving out at a pretty good clip so they had a good solid sand surface to work with.
Although a good time was had by all, their tuna catch of the day suddenly went up in price. They’re no doubt thinking about how such an expensive ending to a perfect day might be avoided next time.