‘Deadliest Catch’ boat Mary B II capsizes, three crew dead

Three fishermen died after the Mary B II, a boat featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove,” capsized while crossing the Yaquina Bay Bar near Newport, Oregon, officials said.

US Coast Guard crews battled 12- to 14-foot seas as they searched for the three men aboard the commercial crab fishing boat just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard reportedly was escorting the boat as it crossed the bay before it capsized, TMZ reported.

Rescuers pulled James Lacey, 48, of South Toms River, New Jersey, out of the water, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Early Wednesday, crews found Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Oregon, dead near Nye Beach.

They later located the boat’s skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, dead with the boat, which ran aground on the beach near the north side of the Yaquina Bay North Jetty, according to the Oregon State Police.

“We did everything we could. Unfortunately, it was just a tragic outcome and our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read told KPIC-TV.

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