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F/V Seeker returns home to Newport with only the memory of fisherman Eric Eder

Fisherman Eric Eder Lost in the Bering Sea March 12th

Fisherman Eric Eder
Lost in the Bering Sea
March 12th

F/V Seeker a mile offshore

F/V Seeker a mile offshore

Seeker crossing the Yaquina Bay bar

Seeker crossing the Yaquina Bay bar

F/V Seeker with Coast Guard MLB Victory escort

F/V Seeker with Coast Guard MLB Victory escort

Many on the jetty grieving the loss of Eric Eder.

Many on the jetty grieving the loss of Eric Eder.

Lone crewman stands at attention toward the crowd.

Lone crewman stands at attention toward the crowd.

F/V Seeker heads under the bridge.

F/V Seeker heads toward the bridge.

F/V Seeker signaling the end of a tragic voyage for the fishing community. Ken Gagne photo

F/V Seeker signaling the end of a tragic voyage for the fishing community.
Ken Gagne photo



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Friends and co-workers who knew Eric Eder lined the south jetty Wednesday afternoon to watch the fishing vessel he fell from, while in the Bering Sea, return to Newport, without him.

The vessel appeared a mile offshore shortly after 4pm and slowly made its way to the bar at the tip of the jetties. The Coast Guard Motorlifeboat Victory met the Seeker there and proceeded to escort it the full length of the jetties, under the bridge and back to port. The Seeker decks were barren of any crewmen, but a lone member suddenly emerged and stood at attention as it passed the crowd looking on.

The crew aboard the Seeker the day Eric disappeared had later unloaded their catch at Dutch Harbor and flew home right away. A different crew joined the Seeker for more fishing, also unloaded their catch and then sailed the vessel home to Newport.

Immediately after Eric fell overboard, a Coast Guard search was launched in the air by helo and on the sea by a Coast Guard cutter. They and other fishing boats looked for Eric, all knowing that no one could survive the Bering Sea’s 38 degree temperature for more than a few minutes. After ten hours, the Coast Guard called off their search.

Eric leaves behind a wife and two children who now live in Redmond. For those who would like to donate to Eric’s wife and children, you can do it through a “Go Fund Me” website by clicking here.

Those assembled along the jetty and on the Yaquina Bay Bridge were also remembering Makala Osborn, 17, of Tidewater and Cayden Fitch, 18, of Lincoln City, both of whom lost their lives several weeks ago in traffic accidents.

 

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