The Discovery Channel’s fan-favorite television series, Deadliest Catch, is making headlines everywhere after a devastating series of events.
Three men have been pronounced dead after the boat named “Mary B II” capsized while crossing the Yaquina Bay Bar near Newport, Oregon.
The three men who perished were James Lacey, 48, of South Toms River, New Jersey, and Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Oregon. Later on, first responders discovered Mary B II’s skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, dead.
The crew likely knew of the intensity of the waves during their voyage as they were being escorted by a boat from the US Coast Guard during the tragedy. The Coast Guard shares that they were battling seas as high as 14 feet during the escort. If the waves were that bad, it’s a wonder they didn’t capsize themselves.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read expressed his condolences to KPIC-TV in a statement. He said, “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.”
TMZ reports that the Mary B II was featured on the Discovery Channel show, Deadliest Catch premiere of “Dungeon Cove” which highlighted the intensity of the Newport bar with a load of crab. Reports believe that during this event, Mary B II had a full load of crab which is what led to its capsizing.
This is a truly tragic time for the families of the men who were lost at sea. Please keep their friends and family in your prayers.