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OREGON CRAB BOAT CREWMAN LOST – CRYSTAL REIGN CAPSIZES ON TILLAMOOK BAR

 

The Warrenton based crab boat Crystal Reign sank while crossing the Tillamook Bar on Saturday, February 20, 2021.  One of four crewmen rescued from the sinking vessel has now died and another crewman remains in critical condition. Due to heavy weather conditions, the USCG was reportedly monitoring the Crystal Reign from a watch tower as the vessel crossed the bar. Coast Guard rescuers saw the 38-foot crab boat overturn in heavy surf.   News accounts report 51-year-old Todd Chase was lost in the accident.   The death of the crewman and loss of the vessel will be investigated.  Fishing on the Washington and Oregon Coast mains one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.  Federal Maritime Law governs safety on crab fishing vessels such as the Crystal Reign.

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