Friday, February 26, 2021

USCG Investigates Marine Casualty

U.S. Coast Guard officials announced Wednesday that the agency is pursuing a formal investigation into the Feb. 20 capsizing of a commercial fishing vessel that resulted in two deaths.

Rear Adm. Anthony Vogt, Coast Guard Thirteenth District Commander, authorized the investigation into the circumstances of the 38-foot fishing vessel Coastal Reign, which capsized with four crew members while they were trying to cross the Tillamook Bay Bar in Oregon, the agency said.

An email has been created for those interested in weighing in or offering any information on the investigation and inquiring about any scheduled hearings.The email is The Coast Guard plans to put out a report after that investigation is done.

Those who traverse the bar should tread carefully as “most accidents and deaths that occur on coastal bars are from capsizing,” according to the state of Oregon.

Before embarking, mariners should check weather, bar and tide conditions, make sure family and friends have your Float Plan, avoid overfilling a vessel, wear a life jacket and have with you flares and a VHF-FM radio.

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