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F/V NAT Grounded

The crew of F/V NAT contacted the Coast Guard in North Bend, Oregon, informing them they were about to run aground on the south jetty of Yaquina Bay as they headed back to port after setting crab pots.

The vessel grounded there, as predicted, and the NAT crew swam to shore where they were treated for potential hypothermia. According to reports, the captain required further medical care for broken ribs. No pollution was been reported during the grounding or in subsequent salvage operations. The cause of the grounding of NAT, a 37-foot wooden-hulled fishing vessel hailing from Long Beach, WA, is under investigation.

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