15 years ago, the New Carissa ran aground off Oregon

15 years ago, the New Carissa ran aground off Oregon »Play Video
On Feb. 11, 1999, crews used napalm in an attempt to burn up the bunker fuel aboard the New Carissa shipwreck. | Watch this file video of the New Carissa

COOS BAY, Ore. - The New Carissa freighter ran aground during a storm on February 4, 1999.

The Coast Guard airlifted the Filipino crew off the ship.

The 400,000 gallons of fuel on board worried the Coast Guard.

A week after the ship ran aground, the military tried torching the ship to burn up the fuel in the hull.

The ship split in half.

Emergency responders tried pumping out the oil, to no avail.

So, using a tug boat, they tried to pull the bow section into the open ocean to sink it.

In a violent storm March 2, the bow broke loose,  drifted, leaked more fuel and eventually washed ashore in Waldport.

With a bigger rope, the tug finally pulled the bow to sea March 9.

The Navy tried firing nearly 70 rounds from a destroyer March 11 in an effort to sink the bow. but the stubborn bow wouldn't sink.

Finally a submarine torpedo sent the 440-foot bow to its watery grave.

But the stern remained mired in the sand as April 1999 arrived, and 70 to 140 gallons of fuel leaked, damaging the beach and covering birds.

By summer, the ship's owner vowed to tow the stern away.

But fall storms forced them to abandon the salvage effort in October.

In April 2001, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for the boat's owner to pay to have the state remove the wreckage.

In November 2003, a jury found the owner and operator guilty of negligent trespass and ordered them to pay $25 million.

Finally in summer of 2008, work began to remove the stern

Crews removed the last pieces of the New Carissa from the ocean floor September 28, 2008.