As previously reported, the hearing will focus on the capsizing of the commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, which led to the deaths of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, on 8 January 2019.

The three fishermen were inbound the Yaquina Bay Bar aboard the 42-foot vessel Mary B II when it capsized into the stormy Pacific Ocean with reported waves of 14 to 16 feet with occasional waves of 20 feet.

The Mary B II had been crabbing for three days before trying to return to port with their reported catch. The crew did not send out a Mayday call, but had requested a US Coast Guard escort which was provided.

The US Coast Guard started the official marine casualty investigation of the fishing vessel Mary B II on 16 January 2019.

The Coast Guard has established an e-mail address for the public and interested parties to provide information, ask questions and make comments related to the ongoing investigation and scheduled hearing. This e-mail will be checked regularly and all correspondence will be acknowledged. The e-mail is MaryBII.uscg@gmail.com.