The towing vessel Thea K with a small barge pulled up along the inside of the North Jetty Thursday. Global Diving and Salvage of Seattle are rigging the sunken Fishing Vessel Chevelle with lines and lift bags so that it can be raised from the bottom of the channel where it sank last March.
The vessel’s crew said as they were coming into port and crossing the bar, a large wave caught their after section and caused their heavy load of crab pots to shift hard to the port side. The vessel tilted so hard to port that it’s rudder stuck out of the water so much the vessel could not be steered. The Chevelle went hard against the north Jetty and over the next 12-15 hours sank to the bottom of the channel.
Divers spent most of Thursday rigging the Chevelle with air-fed lift bags and tow lines in anticipation of lifting the craft from the bottom of the channel. If the tides cooperate and the winds don’t kick up too much over the next couple of days, the vessel could be lifted and towed to a spot near the Port of Newport where it would be secured just offshore. Saturday and Sunday operations would center on doing more heavy lifting to place the vessel on shore.