The 55 foot long fishing vessel Star King capsized and sank off the entrance to the Columbia River near Warrenton, Oregon. The fishing vessel began taking on water during the early morning hours. Unable to control the flooding, the crew sent out a distress call just before the fishing vessel capsized. The five crew on board were able to escape and abandon ship into the sea. The nearby crab fishing vessel Sea Ballad responded to the distress call and pulled the five crew from the water. No reports of injuires.
The Star King had some 300 gallons of fuel on board, but no signs of pollution have been reported. Reports state the crew had been fortunate to have donned survival suits which prevented any casualties. The Coast Guard states the sunken Star King is a navigation hazard, but it is not blocking traffic.
The 50 foot long fishing vessel Ms Nicani ran ashore off the Siuslaw River Bar North Jetty at Florence, Oregon. There were no injuries to the two crew on board. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and reported that there was no pollution concerns. Reports state a local tug has been contacted to begin salvage operations.
On March 23, the 62 foot long fishing vessel Patty A J capsized between the jetties at Coos Bay Bar, Oregon. Three of the four crew were able to escape, but one was trapped on board. The Coast Guard dispatched two vessels to the scene. A dive team attempted to find the missing crewman, but efforts were later suspended the following night. Reports state the Patty A J later sank.