The Coast Guard has just now given permission for the fleet to cross the bar. Conditions were terrible last evening. The injured crewman on the F/V Ocean Shore is expected to be taken to PCH to be evaluated for injuries when he was thrust up against a bulk head by two large waves that topped the vessel last evening.
Over thirty Newport based fishing vessels are riding-out rough seas off the end of the jetties this evening. The bar is too nasty to cross at this hour, midnight.
The 46-foot F/V Ocean Force took two 17 foot waves over the top and scrambled the decks severely Friday evening, one crewman getting tossed around and thrown up against the bulkhead. But his injuries were not thought to be severe. He’s conscious and breathing and talking, but in some pain. Due to the high seas the Coast Guard determined the risk of a motor lifeboat patient transfer to the beach was just too risky. Same for a helicopter transfer. So they’re holding all fishing vessels outside the bar for a time to let the seas calm down and for an incoming high tide to make crossing the bar less difficult. The two waves broke out a number of windows aboard the Ocean Force. They’re now boarded up.
The Coast Guard says the vessels may be able to cross the bar by 1am. An ambulance will be waiting for the injured man when the R/V Ocean Force gets inside the bay.
The second picture shows some of the boats’ upper mast areas and little else meaning the troughs to peak distances are pretty substantial.