Fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning. All five fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel Sea Ballad. They were transferred to the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and transported to Ilwaco, Wash., where they did not need medical attention.
The mayday calls from the Star King via channel 16 came in at 4:31 a.m. The fishing trawler’s captain first reported they were taking on water and listing hard to starboard before suddenly capsizing and sending all five crewmembers into the water. All five fishermen were accounted for by 5:10 a.m.
“The quick, selfless actions taken by the crew of the good Samaritan crab vessel Sea Ballad and the fact that the Star King’s crew put on survival suits saved five lives today,” said Chief Petty Officer Justin Urbano, command duty officer, Sector Columbia River. “These fishermen were out of the water before we arrived on scene.”