Body of missing dog found

Written by Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer January 23, 2014 11:09 am

A Harbor woman found the body of a Jack Russell terrier missing since its owner’s fishing boat sunk in the channel of the Chetco River Monday night.

Jean Shadel, who lives on Oceanview Drive, was walking along the beach Wednesday morning when she discovered the the dog, Zena, who belonged to Capt. Ron Pincombe of Brookings.

She carried it and two jackets she found nearby up to her house and alerted authorities at the Port of Brookings Harbor.

Pincombe and three others were rescued from the Jo Marie commercial shrimp trawler Monday night after 9- to 10-foot-high waves tossed it onto the north bank of the jetty in the mouth of the river and sank it.

Rescuers tried to pass the little dog from one boat to the shore, but she slipped and fell into the water. Concerned citizens scoured the area Tuesday afternoon for the dog, without success.

The 62-foot boat — only the upper part of the boat is visible — remains submerged in the channel, attracting scores of gawkers. On Tuesday the U.S. Coast Guard and Port of Brookings Harbor personnel surrounded the vessel with a boom to contain any leaking fuel. There have been no reports of fuel in the water.

The next challenge will be getting the vessel from the river channel to dry dock; operations were scheduled to begin sometime today.

Port Director Ted Fitzgerald Tuesday said plans are to raise the boat off the river channel and drag it onto land in the boat basin.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector is investigating the incident.