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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 03:21 PM

3 dead after commercial crabbing vessel capsizes off Oregon

3 dead after commercial crabbing vessel capsizes off Oregon
Originally published January 9, 2019 at 7:37 am Updated January 9, 2019 at 9:53 pm



A Coast Guard boat crew responds to three fishermen in the water after the commercial fishing vessel Mary B. II capsized while crossing Yaquina Bay Bar off the coast of Newport, Oregon. Authorities said three men were killed when their fishing boat capsized in rough waters. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

The Mary B. II overturned about 10 p.m. Tuesday as it crossed Yaquina Bay bar, a treacherous area off Newport, Oregon.

By GILLIAN FLACCUS
The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A commercial crabbing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing the three men aboard and sending a shock wave through a seafaring community already struggling from a monthlong delay to the annual crabbing season.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel, the Mary B. II, overturned about 10 p.m. Tuesday as it crossed Yaquina Bay bar in Newport, Oregon. The bar is one of the most notorious off the Oregon coast, and authorities said crews faced 12- to 14-foot waves as they tried to rescue the fishermen.

The men had called for an escort across the bar and a responding Coast Guard boat was nearby when the crabbing boat capsized “without warning,” the Coast Guard said Wednesday evening in a news release. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

James Lacey, 48, of South Toms River, New Jersey, was pulled from the ocean by helicopter and flown to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The body of Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Oregon, washed up on a beach early Wednesday.

The body of the boat’s skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, was found on the hull of the boat after it, too, washed up on a jetty.
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Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 2019 #1
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2019, 03:27 PM

1. Harrowing courage.

They need a paycheck. And respect from the C.in C. (And probably a cup of coffee and a hamburger too after that)
If I could, I'd put don on that ship (Mr. I'm A'scared of sharks), and have him pull JUST ONE of those poor souls out of that water.
Deal w the man in the mirror don.

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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 03:44 PM

2. That area is also known as Cape Foul Weather and it really lives up to its name at times.

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