Coast Guard rescues three crab fishermen near Newport, Ore., continues search for fourth

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard NewsNEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued three crab fishermen and is searching for a fourth approximately 2½ miles west of Newport, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard received an EPIRB notification, at approximately 5 a.m., with no indication of location. The EPIRB was registered to the fishing vessel Sound Leader, homeported in Newport. After repeatedly attempting to contact the vessel over the radio, the Coast Guard received additional information from the vessel’s EPIRB indicating its position approximately 2 ½ miles west of Newport.

Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Staion North Bend.

Both crews arrived at the last position indicated by the EPIRB, located a debris field and spotted three people in the water.

The Dolphin crew hoisted two of the survivors to the helicopter and transported them to Coast Guard Air Facility Newport where they were placed in the care of local EMS.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew recovered a third survivor from the water who was transported to Station Yaquina Bay and placed in the care of local EMS.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew and a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Yaquina Bay and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Facility Newport are on scene continuing the search for the fourth person who was aboard the vessel.

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