Coast Guard enacts bar restrictions while crews attempt salvage of 'Patty AJ'
COOS BAY, Ore. -- The US Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Coos Bay bar entrance while crews try to salvage the Patty AJ.
The restriction was put in place Thursday after the fishing boat capsized inside the bar last week.
Officials say the safety zone is meant to protect other boats from potential hazards during the recovery and will remain in effect until the area is deemed safe to navigate.
All boats must request permission to cross the bar from the Captain of the Port on VHF-FM channel 16.
Crews worked to move the wreckage to shallow water Monday morning.
The Coast Guard says the contractor removing the wreckage may use dive teams to inspect the vessel.
"They're working to safely remove the Patty AJ from the water while at the same time trying to prevent diesel or fuel or oils on board from impacting the environment in the area," says George Degener with US Coast Guard 13th District. "Our primary concern is the safety of the individuals involved in the salvage response while protecting the environment, and making sure we do things safely and efficiently."
The Coos County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday that 68-year-oldJerry Lee Barkley is a fisherman missing from the boat.
Check the NOAA Bar Observations website for updated closures and restrictions.