The sunken Fishing Vessel Two Mikes remains on the bottom, partially wedged against the base of Newport’s north jetty. At the center of the pickture, just below the waterline on the jetty, center screen, a small piece of the vessel’s mast assembly is barely sticking above the water. The vessel’s bow is caught in the rocks at the base of the jetty with the rest of the boat sticking up vertically in the water column, lifted by the air in the stern’s air tight steering control compartment. Coast Guard crews inspect the vessel three times a day, from a motor lifeboat and from the vantage point of a Coast Guard helicopter. The Coast Guard continues to wait and see what the sea will do with the Two Mikes, whether it pulls it out father seaward, or sends it easterly toward the beach. Salvage options will likely be determined by which way the vessel goes. Primary concern remains due to the large quantity of diesel fuel still aboard the boat.
The salvage company that is disposing of the Japanese dock at Agate Beach says it can probably handle a salvage operation of the Two Mikes in addition to the dock.