YAQUINA BAY — Wind and high water early Tuesday morning broke apart a section of the Port of Newport’s Port Dock 7, setting adrift two boats into Yaquina Bay.
According to an incident report from the port’s security service, the dispatch center received a call at approximately 4 a.m. from a crew member of the F/V Anita-D, stating that part of Dock 7 had broken loose, leaving the Anita-D and F/V Pacific Cloud “drifting freely in the water.”
The Anita-D was manned, and its crew was able to tie the boat to a secure portion of Dock 7. There was no crew on the Pacific Cloud. The harbormaster called for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard, which upon arrival made the decision to cut the 52-foot commercial fishing vessel free and tow it to the nearby hoist dock, where it remained on Thursday.
Port General Manager Paula Miranda said a combination of high winds and tidal surge caused a piling to fall, breaking loose a 60-foot section of the aging wooden dock.
“It demonstrates why we are trying to put a plan together to replace Port Dock 7, because it’s unfortunately not in good condition,” Miranda said. “The dock is very old, and it’s kind of reached the end of its lifetime.”
Miranda said there were no injuries during the incident nor damage to the fishing vessels.