NEWPORT, Ore.– The Coast Guard is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing beginning May 13, 2019 at the Newport, Oregon City Hall to consider evidence related to the Mary B II marine casualty investigation, and the public is invited to attend. The hearing will focus on the capsizing of the commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, which led to the deaths of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, January 8, 2019.The three fishermen were inbound the Yaquina Bay Bar aboard the 42-foot vessel Mary B II when it capsized into the stormy Pacific Ocean with reported waves of 14 to 16 feet with occasional waves of 20 feet.
Three men including Captain Joshua Porter died. The other two men were from New Jersey and new to the fishing world. Captain Porter took them out to get crab. The hearing is scheduled to convene at the Newport City Hall at 8 a.m. May 13 and will continue to May 17, 2019. The address is 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, OR 97365.