Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a mayday call on Friday, March 25th, 2022, just before midnight. The call came from Mike Morgan, master of the 32-foot F/V WHITE SWAN III. It was reported that the sinking vessel was found approximately 35 miles off the coast of Florence, Oregon, in the northern section of Heceta Bank.
A Station Siuslaw River Motor Lifeboat crew arrived first on the scene shortly after receiving the distress call to find a debris field. Additional teams were deployed to help in the search including:
- Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew