Rescue going on off Newport’s north jetty – Sailboat misses the entrance – now beached off the north jetty.
Update: The Coast Guard is eyeing high tide that comes just before noon today. They’re hoping that the sailboat, that went aground last night, can be refloated and power itself back out into deeper water and THEN come into the harbor the correct way – BETWEEN THE JETTYS.
10:35pm – Boat off the north jetty is taking on water. Occupants fired red flare. Coast Guard helo and motorlifeboats enroute.
10:38pm – Fire Rescue headed for Nye Beach. Beach access rig will be driving down to the beach next to the North Jetty.
10:40pm – Newport Police on scene. High tide.
10:40pm – It’s a sailboat…now in the surf line off the north jetty. Must’ve misread the marker buoys. Happens occasionally.
10:42pm – Occupants are still on the sailboat. Likely they thought they were between the jettys heading into Yaquina Bay when they were actually north of the north jetty. So now they’re beached in the surf alongside the north jetty.
10:57pm – A rescue swimmer went out and retrieved one of two occupants on the boat. The first victim is now safely on the beach and has just climbed into the back of the beach Humvee to warm up.
11:00pm – Second occupant is being retrieved and will soon join the other in the Humvee for a warm up.
11:06pm – Second occupant in “warm up” mode in the Humvee. Both occupants of the boat are said to be just fine. Just cold. No injuries.
11:06pm – Usually Oregon State Police handle beached boats with help from the Coast Guard if required. Right now the tide’s pretty high. By 6am low tide will likely leave the boat pretty well sitting on the bottom, possibly high and dry. Next high tide at around 1pm Monday. An older model 52 foot sailboat did the same thing about three years ago. Couple of fishing vessels too.