Coast Guard confirms three deaths near Yaquina Bay

U.S. Coast Guard Air Facility Newport and Station Yaquina Bay boat crews responded to 3 fishermen in the water after commercial fishing vessel Mary B II capsizes while crossing Yaquina Bay Bar on Jan. 8, 2018. Crews were battling 12 to 14-foot seas. Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed Wednesday morning that three fishermen who were on boat when it capsized Tuesday night were killed.

The Dungeness crab fishing boat, the Mary B II, capsized while crossing the Yaquina Bay bar Tuesday night in 12- to 14-foot seas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard was able to recover one body while a second body washed ashore. Both were taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. The third fisherman’s body remains trapped on the capsized boat, the Coast Guard said.

“We did everything we could. Unfortunately, it was just a tragic outcome and our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew,” said Petty Officer Levi Reed with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said there were only three people on board when the boat capsized.

The Coast Guard said it had a crew near the 42-foot boat before it capsized because of the conditions.

Oregon State Police are working to officially identify the fishermen. Their names have not been released.