Yet another wrong turn at night by young mariners who didn’t know how to read harbor entrance markers into Yaquina Bay proved fatal for their 25 foot sailboat. The two were rescued by Newport Fire-Rescue but their craft’s keel settled too deep into the sand symbolically digging its own grave. The tide simply didn’t rise high enough to lift it up to where it could sail out to deeper waters.
So the only thing left to do was to call in the guys with the big machinery to yank the Saga out of the sand, and haul it off which they did this morning.
It was yet another in a long history of missed shots at the jaws that ended sadly for sailing mariners, including fishing vessels that go aground on the north side of the north jetty and either outright sink, get obliterated by the waves against the rocks or get stuck fatally on the sand.
Photographer Greg Henton recorded the fate of the Saga this morning.