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Coast Guard searching for 3 after finding capsized fishing vessel Pacific Miner near Coos Bay jetty

Coast Guard Coos Bay. MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend prepares to exit the helicopter after thee crew landed in a tidal pool on a cove shelf below a cliff in Whale Cove, Ore., Jan. 2, 2018.
Archive image: a member of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend prepares to exit the helicopter after thee crew landed in a tidal pool on a cove shelf below a cliff in Whale Cove, Ore., Jan. 2, 2018. Due to the tree height and a strong east wind over the steep terrain, the aircrew was unable to hoist the hiker from the cliff and landed in tidal pool on a cove shelf 100-feet below the cliff, where they conducted the medevac from instead.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bronislav Grulich.

NORTH BEND, Ore. — A Coast Guard aircrew and two boatcrews are searching for three fishermen near the entrance to Coos Bay after finding a capsized vessel, Pacific Miner, Tuesday evening on the jetty tips.

The capsized vessel is the 38-foot fishing vessel Pacific Miner, which reportedly had three men aboard when it capsized.​

A Coast Guard Sector North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, flying on a routine training flight, spotted the capsized fishing vessel and immediately reported it to the Sector North Bend Command Center. Shortly after receiving the report the Coast Guard received an electronic position indicating radio beacon transmission that was automatically activated when the EPIRB was submerged in water. The EPIRB was registered to the fishing vessel Pacific Miner.​

Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay have been launched to assist in search efforts.

Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew rescues two fishermen from a life raft after their vessel caught fire near Coos Bay, Ore., Aug. 5, 2017. Coast Guard Coos Bay.
Archive image: a Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew rescues two fishermen from a life raft after their vessel caught fire near Coos Bay, Ore., Aug. 5, 2017. The two fishermen were transported to port in Brookings, Ore., with no medical concerns.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector North Bend.

The Pacific Miner reportedly has approximately 300 crab on board.

The Coos Bay bar is currently restricted to recreational vessels 40-feet and below. The reported conditions include 8 to12-foot breaking waves with low winds. There is four miles of visibility.

The owner of the vessel has been notified of the incident.

-USCG-

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