Crab Boat Capsizes, Killing Crew

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

Discovery has released a statement following the tragic news that a Dungeness crab fishing boat featured on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove was involved in a fatal accident Tuesday night.

TMZ reports that the U.S. Coast Guard was escorting the Mary B II commercial crab boat off the coast of OR when the boat flipped over in rough seas.

James Lacey, 48, of South Toms River, New Jersey was found in the water and Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Oregon was found on a beach north of the north jetty.

Two of the three crew members were recovered from the Mary B II unresponsive and died at hospital, according to reports.

KGW8 reports the fisherman were caught in 14-foot waves as they attempted to cross the Yaquina Bay Bar.

At 10:13 p.m., authorities got word that the boat "had capsized with three people onboard", police said.

The Coast Guard reportedly was escorting the boat as it crossed the bay before it capsized, TMZ reported. Another rescue mission was planned for this morning at 9 a.m., where divers assumedly recovered Biernacki's body.

Although the captain and crew of the Mary B II were not featured on the 2016 season of Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove, the 42-foot vessel was, when the show highlighted the dangers of crossing the bar with a full load of crab.

"Located within a mile from shore, this treacherous stretch of water is closely monitored by the Coast Guard", the promo says. "You gotta respect it".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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