A small fishing-type boat that was said to have four adults aboard has been found empty and smashing against the rocks off the north Jetty west of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. Newport Fire and Rescue are coming on scene. Coast Guard and Search and Rescue are said to be joining a search of the area.
Those aboard were said to be two males and two females. The Coast Guard says the name of the craft is “Mariner 3.” But they say they have have no listing of a “Mariner 3.” It possibly might be a boat that was tied up for a very long time on a dock or on private property and somehow got cast adrift due to a broken tie-line to a dock or anchor.
Witnesses tells News Lincoln County that two adult males and two adult females motored the boat out from H Dock at South Beach and headed out the jetty. They said the boat appeared to be too close to the jetty so they called the Coast Guard. A rescue boat motored out – found the boat – but nobody aboard it. Nobody in the water. The Coast Guard pulled the damaged craft back in to port.