Afternoon update from Port of Newport:
Power to Port Dock 5 has been restored.
On the afternoon of June 9th, the Port of Newport shut down power to Port Dock 5 because FV Western Breeze sank at the end of Port Dock 5 next to the fuel station. The electrical company is working to cut off power to the vessel directly. The Port expects to reestablish power to the rest of Port Dock 5 at approximately 6 p.m. Port staff are checking vessels at Port Dock 5, but owners are welcome to inspect their own vessels as well. Please direct further questions to General Manager Paula Miranda, 541-265-7758.
Thank you for your patience,
Gloria Tucker, CMC, Administrative Assistant, Port of Newport, 541.265.7758
12:03pm Report of someone falling into the Yaquina River at Port Dock 5 in downtown Newport. Fire-Rescue and the Coast Guard are racing to the scene.
12:09pm Unconfirmed report that a fishing boat leaned over in one direction, tossing occupant(s) into the river. The boat now has no one aboard. Reports from the scene say the boat is the Western Breeze.
12:11pm Coast Guard is now on scene.
12:14pm The boat is sinking alongside the dock.
12:17pm So far, the fuel line from the dock to the boat hasn’t broken. Boat sinking at an angle. So far no reports of any major leakage of fuel.
12:25pm Fuel lines leading up to the dock are shut off.
Western Breeze fishing vessel sitting on the bottom – no reported injuries
12:37pm Fuel appears to be leaking from the sinking boat.
12:46pm All power lines to the boats that are tied up to the dock have been turned off.
12:42pm Estimated loss of boat fuel is 2-thousand gallons. Boat resting on the bottom – upper deck is above the water line. Coast Guard establishing lines around the vessel. What’s leaking into the bay is the fuel the boat crew were initially taking aboard from the dock.
1:35pm Situation under control now by the Port of Newport. Newport Fire-Rescue is headed back to their headquarters.
Linda Tellsworth photo