Three crab fishermen are dead after their vessel capsized last night near Newport.
Before 10-pm, the U.S. Coast Guard heard of a boat needing help crossing the Yaquina Bay bar.
Captain Tim Fox of the Oregon State Police says at 10:13, responders learned that the vessel - the Mary B II - had capsized.
“The Coast Guard began an air search, and a ground search, and all three people have been located, but they are deceased,” Fox tells KLCC.
“These river bars, where they clash with the incoming wave action that comes from all the way across the Pacific, right at the mouth of the entrance, generally the waves tend to get a little bit larger and more powerful, and sometimes they have breaking surf.”
48-year-old James Lacey was retrieved from the ocean, but pronounced dead at a Newport hospital. 50-year-old Joshua Porter was found dead on the shores of Nye Beach. And the skipper, 50-year-old Stephen Biernacki, was found dead in his boat.
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