Fishing Vessel “Chevelle” wrecks on the seaward end of Yaquina North Jetty – Warrenton-based fishing vessel missing off Washington – Search halted.
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The Coast Guard says the 72-foot F/V Chevelle, based in Newport, ran aground Saturday night against the south side of the North Jetty. A witness said it appeared the vessel took a hard roll and that some of its crab pots shifted, causing it to lean at a 45 degree angle. Reports say the wind then shoved the Chevelle up against the south side of the North Jetty. The Coast Guard said the vessels engine room filled with water as well as one other compartment. One crewman managed to jump off the vessel and onto the jetty. He made it to safety. A Coast Guard helicopter was soon on scene as were Coast Guard motorlifeboats. The helo lifted three crew off the stricken vessel and deposited them to a parking lot adjacent to the South Jetty. The fourth crewman was also transported to the south jetty parking area. The Coast Guard reports there were no injuries and no one required medical treatment.
In an earlier story, the Coast Guard received a distress signal from a damaged lifeboat amid a debris field 17 miles off Willapa Bay, WA earlier today. It’s believed to be all that remains of the 62-foot fishing vessel F/V Lady Cecilia out of Warrenton, OR. A Coast Guard helo and motor lifeboat search of the area produced no sign of life. A cutter was staying in the area overnight just in case they came across any sign of the four crew members. When the owner was contacted he said four people were aboard including the brother of Portland Trailblazers sports announcer Adam Bjarason, Jason Bjaranson.
7:10pm Sunday Update
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for the crew of the fishing vessel Lady Cecelia.
The Coast Guard response effort for the 4-person crew began after the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon was activated at 3:37 a.m., Saturday. Several Coast Guard assets conducted multiple search patterns in an area of more than 640 square miles. The USCGC Fir continued to search overnight and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted a first-light search on Sunday.
Missing are: Dave Nichols, 42, from Warrenton, Ore.; Jason Bjaranson, 38, from Warrenton; Chris Langel, 25, from Kaukauna, Wisc.; and Luke Jensen, 22, from Ilwaco, Wash.