Marine Accident Brief

Grounding and Loss of the F/V Chevelle

North jetty of Yaquina Bay entrance
Newport, Oregon
March 10, 2012

NTSB Number: MAB-13-15
Adopted: July 18, 2013
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Accident Summary

The fishing vessel Chevelle was returning to its homeport of Newport, Oregon, when a series of large breaking waves on its stern resulted in a loss of maneuverability and grounding on the Yaquina Bay entrance north jetty on March 10, 2012. The crew was hoisted to safety by a US Coast Guard helicopter before the vessel broke apart and sank more than a day later, resulting in an estimated loss of $625,000.No one was injured.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the grounding and subsequent loss of the Chevelle as it crossed the Yaquina Bay bar was the master's loss of control of the fishing vessel after a series of breaking waves on the stern heeled the vessel to a severe degree from which it did not recover.