$8 Million lawsuit settled over the death of crabber boat crewman when R/V Sound Leader sank off Newport in July of 2012
An $8 million lawsuit over the loss of a crab boat crewman in the summer of 2012 off the Lincoln County Coast has been settled. But no details are releasable due to secrecy requirements of the owner of the F/V The Sound Leader.
A crew member new to the commercial fishing industry signed on to the F/V Leader and immediately set sail with its crew to start throwing crab pots over the side. Forty-eight year old David Terris had grown weary of no work back in his home state of Michigan so he headed west with his family to try commercial fishing off the Oregon Coast.
But on July 2nd 2012, with the F/V Sound Leader three miles off the coast of Newport, heavy waves pounded the Sound Leader and it began to sink. What happened next has got to be one of the worst nightmares a commercial fisherman can have. When everyone tried to launch the life raft, they couldn’t get the release mechanism to work. So when the Sound Leader went down, it pulled the crew’s liferaft down with it.
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