NEWPORT, Ore. - The bar is open - just be careful of the sunken ship.
The Coast Guard re-opened the bar at Yaquina Bay on Sunday, March 18, more than a week after a fishing vessel crashed into the north jetty and sank.
No one was hurt in the March 10 incident. A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the crew of the Chevelle.
The ship broke apart in storm-powered surf the next day and sank, prompting the Coast Guard to close the bar while the owner of the boat tried to remove the wreckage.
The wreckage has not yet been located, but the Coast Guard said surveys of the navigational channel show it is clear of any obstruction.
The Coast Guard said mariners crossing the bar should use extreme caution and stick to the federal navigational channel.