The commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, capsized leading to the deaths of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, Tuesday night.
Inbound over the Yaquina Bay Bar the 42-foot vessel Mary B II, which had been crabbing for three days, capsized without warning tossing two of the fishermen overboard with reported waves of 14 to 16 feet with occasional waves of 20 feet.
Prior to the Mary B II capsizing its crew requested a Coast Guard escort across the Yaquina Bay Bar. A Station Yaquina Bay boat crew aboard the 52-foot Motor Life Boat Victory went out to meet the Mary B II. At 10:08 p.m., the vessel capsized while under its own power with the Victory’s crew near by. The Victory’s crew immediately began searching for the fishermen, and called for more support leading to another boat crew launching aboard a 47-foot MLB and an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport arriving on scene.