Three fishermen have been killed after a crab boat, thought to feature on TV show ‘Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove’, has capsized.

The crew were on the Mary B II crabbing vessel crossing the notorious Yaquina Bay bar in Newport, Oregon, when it overturned at around 10pm on Tuesday.

The US coast guard said the crew were facing waves between 12ft and 14ft as they attempted to rescue the men, including 50 year-old Stephen Biernacki who was found dead in the hull of the boat.

According to local reports, James Lacey, 48, was airlifted to hospital where he was pronounced dead while Joshua Porter, 50, washed up on a beach yesterday.

Petty Officer Levi Reed told Komo News:

“The Coast Guard was on scene quickly, even as it happened as vessel’s crew had asked for escort across the bar, so we were there very quickly.

“Unfortunately, we were not able to recover them. The Yaquina Bay bar is a dangerous bar, as are all of the river bars in the Pacific Northwest.

“We did everything we could. Unfortunately, it was just a tragedy outcome and our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew.”

The Yaquina Bay bar is considered one of the more dangerous ones along the Oregon coast, with waves often reaching 16t.

Crossing it with a crab boat was the premise of a spin-off of the ‘The Deadliest Catch,’ a reality TV show about commercial fishermen that aired on the Discovery channel.

In a press release promoting the show, the Discovery channel reference how ‘notoriously violent’ the waters are in the area where the boat capsized.

“Newport, Oregon is one of the last remaining fishing towns along the edge of the notoriously violent ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ that stretches from Oregon to British Columbia”, it reads.

“Here, generations of Dungeness crab fishermen and their families sacrifice everything that they have, including life itself, to carve an existence from the sea.

“Thousands of vessels and lives have been lost while battling the seas in what’s considered the deadliest commercial fishery in the world.”

Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic event.

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