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UPDATE: U.S. Coast Guard Investigating The Capsizing Of Fishing Boat That Killed Three Near Newport

Although rescuers finally recovered all three men among the waves, none of the crew survived.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 11:06 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2019 3:49 AM

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it is investigating the capsizing of a Dungeness crab fishing boat in the stormy waters off the Oregon coast near Newport that killed three men.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday evening that the men had requested a Coast Guard escort across the Yaquina Bay Bar before the vessel capsized Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard says it sent a crew and a 52-foot (16-meter) boat to meet fishing boat for the escort and that it was nearby when the fishing boat capsized.

Updated on 1/10/19 at 3:47 a.m.


NEWPORT, Ore. — Three fisherman, including an Oregon native, are dead after their boat capsized in high seas off the Oregon coast, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) received a call for assistance just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, according to OSP. After struggling in 12 to 15-foot waves, the fishing boat Mary B II reportedly capsized with three men aboard as it crossed the Yaquina Bay.

A Coast Guard helicopter initiated search and rescue operations, soon finding 48-year-old James Lacey of South Toms River, NJ in the water. Although Lacey was transported to Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport, OSP said that he was pronounced dead.

Around 12:30 a.m., crews from the Newport Fire Department found 50-year-old Joshua Porter of Toledo, Oregon in the surf near Nye Beach. He was also pronounced dead.

OSP said that the capsized Mary B II ultimately ran aground on the beach near the north side of Yaquina Bay North Jetty. Search teams found the boat's skipper — 50-year-old Stephen Biernacki of Barnegat Township, NJ — dead inside of the boat.

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