One of the crewmen aboard the 50 foot F/V Corsair called NewsLincolnCounty.com and gave us the blow by blow of what happened to them off Westport yesterday.
Crewman Zeke Estrella told us that it was late in the day and they were putting all the gear away after a day of hauling in a lot of shrimp. Just as they were finishing up, the Corsair started rolling to one side. Slowly – then quickly – to where they were standing on the side of the boat which kept rolling under their feet. Zeke said it happened so fast they almost didn’t have time to think about what they were doing – they just kept moving – staying above the water line – like walking on a giant log.
Captain Thomas Lloyd however, remembered that everything depended on the life raft because nobody had access to their survival suits. Those suits were way out of reach – trapped inside, under the boat. Captain Lloyd activated the life raft and soon it surface, being what is called hydro-launched. Moments later it surfaced on the other side of the boat and all three climbed aboard it.
After getting situated they fired off a bomb but as it turned out the Fishing Vessel Pacific Wind out of Astoria had already seen what was happening and was headed over to rescue them.
Once aboard the Pacific Wind they got a call from another Newport shrimping boat, the Kylie Lynn offering to give the three Corsair crewmen a lift home to Newport. All three said SURE! So back in the raft they went and soon were aboafrd the Kylie Lynn where Estrella said they had “the best ham dinner of their lives!”
All three are now safely back in Newport – Zeke Estrella, Will Middleton and Captain Thomas Lloyd.
They lost the boat and the $30,000 in shrimp in the hold. But they’ll all live to fish another day. The insurance company will make sure that happens.