The Coast Guard has ended their search for the fourth crewman aboard the F/V Sound Leader because, without wearing a survival suit, there is no way he could have lasted very long in the water due to cold temperatures. He is now presumed drowned. Meanwhile, Oregon State Police have interviewed the three surviving crewman to ascertain conditions under which the vessel capsized and sank at 4:30 this morning about two miles off the end of the Yaquina Bay jetties. The F/V Sound Leader’s owner is listed as Guy Mossington, of Siletz. The F/V Sound Leader was sold to Mossington last year, changing its home port from Bellingham, WA to Newport.
The Coast Guard is announcing to all vessels moving through the area off Newport that they should watch out for the F/V Sound Leader’s drifting debris field that appears to moving toward the southeast from the spot it sank two miles off shore. That would put it in a line that leads back to the Yaquina Bay jetties.
The Coast Guard reports that the Fishing Vessel Sound Leader with four aboard began sinking two miles off Yaquina Bay at around 4:30 this morning. Crewmen told the Coast Guard that the vessel quickly capsized and the crew did not have time to get into their survival suits.
Three men were rescued by Coast Guard helicopter and motorlife boat. All three are reported to be at PCH and are expected to survive. The search continues for the fourth crewman who has not yet been identified.