‘Deadliest Catch' boat capsizes, leaving multiple dead, officials say

039;Deadliest Catch' crab boat capsizes off Oregon coast killing three crew members

Boat 'featured on Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove' capsizes in Oregon waters, killing all three crew

A commercial crab boat capsized off the coast of OR on Tuesday, killing all three crew members on board, the U.S. Coast Guard confirms.

The boat's skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, was found with the boat and pronounced dead at the scene, KGW8 reports.

TMZ reports that the U.S. Coast Guard was escorting the Mary B II commercial crab boat off the coast of OR when the boat flipped over in rough seas. Early Wednesday, crews found Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Oregon, dead near Nye Beach.

The Mary B II asked for a Coast Guard escort while crossing the bar, when the three fisherman went into the water.

In a press release promoting the show, the Discovery channel reference how "notoriously violent" the waters are where the sink capsized.

"Here, generations of Dungeness crab fishermen and their families sacrifice everything that they have, including life itself, to carve an existence from the sea. Unfortunately, it was just a tragic outcome and our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew", Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read told KPIC-TV.

"Unfortunately, we were not able to recover them".

"Thousands of vessels and lives have been lost while battling the seas in what's considered the deadliest commercial fishery in the world". Authorities say crews faced 12- to 14-foot waves as they tried to rescue those on board.

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