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  • Boat captain cited for dumping rotten mink carcasses into Brookings port

  • A commercial crab boat captain from Brookings has been cited by the Oregon State Police for allegedly dumping 5,000 pounds of rotten, skinned mink carcasses into port waters under the cloak of darkness.
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  • A commercial crab boat captain from Brookings has been cited by the Oregon State Police for allegedly dumping 5,000 pounds of rotten, skinned mink carcasses into port waters under the cloak of darkness.
    Charles Case, 48, and the crew of Ann Me, a commercial crab boat, are accused of dumping the mink carcasses during the night and early morning hours April 1-2, according to an OSP release issued this afternoon. They were cited by an OSP Fish & Wildlife Division trooper for water pollution in the first degree, a Class B felony, the release said.
    The Port of Brookings contacted law enforcement and the Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday morning. Port workers retrieved about 3,000 pounds of bloated, floating carcasses out of the water over the weekend. They were forced to wear protective clothing and masks lined with Vicks vapor rub to combat the smell, the release said. Cleanup is continuing as the mink continue to float to the surface, it said.
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