The sunken Fishing Vessel Two Mikes out of Ilwaco, WA remains hung up on a portion of Newport’s north jetty, it’s bow now stuck again in the rocks at the base of the jetty. The vessel went down 11pm Sunday after a fateful wrong turn as the craft attempted to enter the channel.
The Coast Guard says they’ve removed the pollution prevention boom in the channel that they had stretched from a channel buoy to the north bank since the craft doesn’t appear to be leaking any more diesel. However, a five foot square piece of aluminum that broke free from the vessel has been seen floating in the ocean about two miles northwest of the channel entrance. A notice to mariners has been issued by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard says the insurance company for the Two Mikes has been fully cooperative and has been very involved in discussions about options for the disposition of the vessel.
The Coast Guard says Coast Guard Group Yaquina Bay is checking the vessel three times a day from a motor lifeboat as well as from the air using their North Bend/Newport Helicopter. They say the bow of the Two Mikes now appears to be snagged in the rocks again, with the craft sticking stern-up in the water column. They say the vessel’s stern could become periodically visible during low tides.
For the moment the Coast Guard is saying they’re taking a wait and see approach to the wreck. They say they want to get what remains of its diesel off the vessel. If through wave and wind action the vessel breaks free of the jetty and becomes a threat to navigation, a tug boat would be called in to tow the vessel offshore, try to off load the diesel, and then sink it. Diesel evaporates extremely fast so even if the Two Mikes lost most or all of its fuel, it would likely dissipate very quickly.
If the vessel broke free of the jetty and moved onshore, the salvage company scheduled to dispose of the Japanese dock at Agate Beach said it could respond within an hour to the jetty and then try to secure the vessel to the beach in order to offload whatever diesel remains on board.
Again, a lot of wait and see.