News January 09, 2019
Crab Boat Capsizes, Killing Crew
UPDATE: Initial reports stated the vessel was featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove," which chronicles the dangers of catching crabs in the area, but "Extra" has confirmed it was not.
The Mary B II, a 42-foot commercial fishing boat capsized in Oregon on Tuesday, killing the crew.
The three fisherman aboard – James Lacey, 48, Joshua Porter, 50, and skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50 – were found dead.
KGW8 reports the fisherman were caught in 14-foot waves as they attempted to cross the Yaquina Bay Bar. They had called for a Coast Guard escort just before the accident.
The Coast Guard tweeted a photo of their rescue efforts, confirming, “Vessel sank under its own power while being escorted by a Coast Guard boat crew.”
Initial reports stated the boat was featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove," but "Extra" has confirmed it was not. None of the men who died appeared on the Discovery show.
Discovery responded to the tragedy with a statement, telling "Extra," “We feel deeply saddened by the news, as we feel part of the crabbing community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and the entire community during this difficult time.”