Boat loses power & capsizes near Coos Bay bar, Coast Guard says

NORTH BEND, Ore. -- Coast Guard Sector North Bend officials say a boat lost power Tuesday afternoon and capsized at the mouth of Coos River while crossing the bar.

Officials say there were 3 people on board the 'Sarah Jo,' a crabbing boat from Charleston.

Two of the crew members made their way back to shore on a rescue boat; the other was taken to Bay Area Hospital. His condition is unknown.

The Coast Guard says the call came in around 4 p.m., as soon as the vessel lost power.

Coos County Sheriff's Office identified the boat owner as 52-year-old Coos Bay resident Lonie Baldridge and the 3 crew members as 42-year-old David A. Shellong of North Bend, 43-year-old David J. Williams of Cottonwood, California, and 46-year-old Winchester Bay resident Raymundo Cardoso.

Cardoso was the crew member transported by Coast Guard helicopter to BAH; Shellong and Williams were transported via boat and ambulance.

Coast Guard officials say there was a strong ebb tide and really rough water.

At this time the investigation is continuing.

US Coast Guard, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Charleston Fire and Bay Cities Ambulance responded to the scene.

This story will be updated as new information is available.

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