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Coast Guard launches investigation into crab boat tragedy in Yaquina Bay

Staff Writer |
The Coast Guard has convened a formal marine casualty investigation into three men killed when the fishing vessel Mary B II capsized crossing the Yaquina Bay, Or. bar on January 9, 2019.

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"The marine casualty investigation will be led by Cmdr. Karen Denny, the executive officer of Marine Safety Unit Portland," the Coast Guard said. "Denny, who has served in the Coast Guard for 18 years, has extensive experience in commercial fishing vessel safety and marine casualty investigations."

The crew of the 42-foot fishing vessel died after the boat capsized while attempting to cross the bar.

Denny will issue a report once the investigation is complete, the Coast Guard said, "with collected evidence, established facts and conclusions with possible safety recommendations to prevent future incidents."

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