On March 10, the fishing vessel Ms. Nicani became disabled in a severe storm off Yaquina Bay, Oregon. The fishing vessel was a few miles off shore when a wave smashed the pilothouse window and ruin the electrical systems. The disabled Ms. Nicani requested assistance with two Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat responding. The Coast Guard was able to connect a towline to the Ms. Nicani, but the vessels remained off shore until conditions improve. Reports state that waves were between 20 to 25 foot high making it impossible to cross the Yaquina Bay bar. No reports of injuries to the three crew on board the Ms. Nicani.
The 70 foot long fishing vessel Inseiner became disabled in the Pacific Ocean near Depoe Bay, Oregon. The Inseiner had sent out a distress call that the fishing vessel was taking on water and was in need of assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and the 47 foot Motor Lifeboat from Depoe Bay to the scene. The helicopter arrived first and dropped a dewatering pump. The Lifeboat arrived a short time later with another pump. The Lifeboat escorted the Inseiner to Yaquina Bay. No reports of injuries to the 2 crew on board. Reports state the weather conditions were rough with 8 foot swells and a strong winds.
The 40 foot long crabber fishing vessel Eagle III sank off the entrance to Coos Bay, Oregon. The Eagle III had allided with the north jetty near the entrance in 30 mile per hour winds and seas reaching 10 feet. The vessel capsized and sank setting off an electronic distress beacon. The Coast Guard was alerted and launched a search and rescue effort. The master of the Eagle III was able to jump onto the jetty and reach shore alive, but one crewman perished on the jetty and two others were reported as missing. The Eagle III hull broke up and there is a large debris field. The incident is under investigation by local authorities and the Coast Guard.