Jul 052011

The commercial salmon fishing vessel “Sea Star” sank 7 miles northwest of Newport Sunday evening. All three crewmen were pulled from their life raft by the Coast Guard.

The radio call for help was heard around 6pm with the captain saying his 30-foot vessel was taking on water. The crew donned life jackets and launched a life raft. The Coast Guard deployed a helo and two motor lifeboats, one from Newport, the other from Depoe Bay. They transferred the crew onto one of the motor lifeboats and brought them safely to shore.

Owner of the Sea Star, Guy Mossington of Siletz, is a long time commercial salmon fisherman based out of Newport. No word on what caused the vessel to sink.

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