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THREE RESCUED FROM SINKING FISHING VESSEL NEAR COOS BAY OREGON

Three crewman were rescued Tuesday from the 38 foot fishing vessel MANATEE. The vessel began taking on water near the entrance to Coos Bay, Oregon. The United States Coast Guard sent a 47 foot motor life boat to rescue the crewmen. The vessel reportedly sank and an investigation into the cause of the sinking and salvage efforts are underway. Records indicate the MANATEE was built in 1941 and is owned by William Merrit. There are no reported injuries at this time.

The Coos Bay bar entrance is notoriously dangerous in heavy seas and high tides. Studies by the National Transportation and Safety Bureau have identified the Oregon Coast Crab fishery as the most dangerous fishery on the West Coast. Tragedy appears to have been diverted in this case, but safety precautions must be followed at all times to prevent seamen and fishermen lives from being lost.