Crabber runs aground in Southern Oregon

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

CHARLESTON, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman says a 160-yard-long oil sheen is visible as waves pound a grounded crab fishing vessel off the Oregon coast near Charleston.

The World newspaper reports (http://is.gd/GJjGv5) that the Newport-based 39-foot boat Robert Henry hit the rocks early Wednesday and started to break apart on Thursday. The Coast Guard earlier rescued three fishermen aboard the boat.

The Robert Henry reportedly was carrying 300 gallons of diesel fuel.

Dawn Grafe of Fish and Wildlife said the sheen was about 20 feet wide on Thursday and appeared to be moving away from shore. She said no sick marine mammals have been spotted.

Grafe says the Coast Guard hopes to begin efforts Friday to patch and remove the vessel

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