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Fishing Vessel Chevelle Crashes on Rocks at Newport

The fishing vessel CHEVELLE collided with the jetty near Newport, Oregon on Friday and is reportedly breaking up in heavy weather. One witness described crab pots shifting on the vessel after it took a hard roll while crossing the bar. The 70-foot crab vessel is owned by Chad Hall of Newport. Fortunately, the four crewmen aboard the vessel all survived the incident. Three crewmen were airlifted to safety by the Coast Guard, and the fourth crewman was able to climb onto the jetty and make his way to shore. Salvage operations cannot get under way until the weather subsides. There is some concern that the vessel may break apart and sink, obstructing passage to the harbor. The incident is under investigation by the Coast Guard.

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