- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) - The Coast Guard captain in charge of ports in Oregon and southern Washington has set limits on deep-draft vessels near Coos Bay Harbor.

Capt. Dan Travers issued the order late Friday over concerns that debris from a capsized vessel may be in the waters. The commercial fishing vessel Sara Jo went down near the north jetty earlier this week.

Travers says the continued flow of commerce is a priority, but his biggest concern is ensuring the safety of all crews and vessels that move in and out of Oregon and Washington waters.

The Sara Jo was destroyed when it became disabled and capsized in Coos Bay, leaving two fishermen injured and one dead.

The Coast Guard plans to conduct a sonar survey in the channel to determine if the entrance is safe. Travers urges all mariners to watch for debris.



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