‘Deadliest Catch’ crab boat capsizes off Oregon coast, killing three crew members

#USCG Air Facility Newport and Station Yaquina Bay boat crews responding to 3 fishermen in the water after commercial fishing vessel Mary B II capsizes while crossing Yaquina Bay Bar. Crews battling 12 to 14-foot seas.
(United States Coast Guard)

A commercial crab boat working in the same area as featured on the popular series “Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” capsized off the coast of Oregon Tuesday, killing all three crew members on board.

The Mary B II fishing vessel was crossing Yaquina Bay Bar in Newport, Ore. when it capsized amid waves that reached up to 14 feet, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard crew members recovered the body of one fisherman Tuesday night.

A second later washed ashore, while a third was found trapped on the boat, according to CBS News.


“We did everything we could. Unfortunately, it was just a tragic outcome and our hearts and thoughts are with the family and friends of the crew,” U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Levi Read told local CBS affiliate KPIC-TV.

The Mary B II reportedly requested a Coast Guard escort as it crossed the bay, and it was during that escort that the vessel capsized.

KEZI initially reported that the boat was featured on “Dungeon Cove,” a spin-off of the wildly popular “Deadliest Catch” that premiered on Discovery in 2016.

The series followed the lives of captains based in Newport, Ore. on the hunt for the Dungeness crab, though the show’s official synopsis made no mention of the Mary B II.

However, a spokesperson for Discovery confirmed to the Daily News that neither the boat nor its crew members were involved in the series.