On Tuesday, July 3, at 5:00 a.m., the Coast Guard received a signal from the EPIRB of F/V SOUND LEADER. At that time, her position was not indicated, and the crew of SOUND LEADER did not answer Coast Guard radio calls. An hour or so later, the EPRIB began sending signals that she was about 2-1/2 miles west of Newport, Oregon.
The Coast Guard launched a motor lifeboat and a helicopter to the scene, where they noted a debris field and three people in the water. Two survivors were lifted by air and one was taken aboard the motor lifeboat; all three were taken ashore to paramedics and then to Samaritan Pacific Hospital. The Coast Guard continued to search for the missing crewmate until late afternoon that day.
The name of the owner-captain of 42-foot commercial fishing boat SOUND LEADER is Guy Mossington; the names of his crew and other details have not been released. So far, the cause of this tragedy is not known.