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NEWPORT -- A crab boat ran aground Saturday evening after striking the south jetty at Newport, according to Lt. Chad Thompson of the U.S. coast Guard.

The 37-foot Nat was returning to shore after setting crab pots, getting grounded south of the jetty about 5:30p.m.

The crew was able to swim to shore, he said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia. The captain of the vessel suffered bruised ribs.

The Nat has about 700 gallons of diesel fuel on board. No leaks have been reported.

Efforts to free the vessel continued into Sunday afternoon.

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