Preliminary reports say the Fishing Vessel Mary B II was flipped over last night by 20 foot waves as it tried to get through the jaws entering Yaquina Bay. Two crewmen were hurled overboard and drowned. One other crewman is also believed to be deceased and is still trapped in the wreckage.
At the time the Coast Guard was responding to the crew’s request for an escort through the jaws and in to Yaquina Bay. Two fishing vessels were successfully guided into the bay. The third vessel, the Mary B II, was overwhelmed by a 20 foot wave and was capsized.
Names of the deceased have not yet been released. The case has been taken over by Oregon State Police.