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.
The Newport Fire Department sent responders to North Beach to conduct shore side searches. The responders reported debris washing up on the beach. The Coast Guard aircrew located the hull of the vessel near the North Jetty approximately 100 yards offshore.
The first fisherman was recovered at 11:30 p.m., by the aircrew. The fisherman was unresponsive and was transported to shore where he was delivered to emergency medical services. A second fisherman washed ashore and was found unresponsive by the shore side searchers. Both of these fishermen were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital where they were later pronounced deceased. The third fisherman was spotted within the hull of the vessel, however, weather conditions prevented the safe retrieval by rescuers.
Responders from the Newport Fire Department extracted the last fisherman from the cabin of the Mary B II Wednesday morning.