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Celebration of Life Saturday for fishermen lost off Coos Bay

Debris from the commercial fishing vessel Eagle III washes up near the beach after it broke up along the North Jetty near Coos Bay, Ore., Jan. 20, 2016. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station North Bend and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Coos Bay searched the area for two fishermen, who went missing from the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Air Station North Bend)

CHARLESTON, Ore. - A Celebration of Life for the crew members lost when two fishing vessels sank this month is scheduled for Saturday at the Charleston Marina Complex.

The event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is open to the public. Organizers plan a potluck and bonfire, weather permitting.

The Eagle III hit the North Jetty while crabbing near the mouth of Coos Bay on January 19.

The vessel broke apart and sank.

The ship's captain, Glen A. Burkhow, 52, of Port Orford made it onto the jetty and walked out for help.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter located a fourth member of the crew, 52-year-old Blane L. Steinmetz of Port Orford, dead on the rocks of the jetty.

Joshua W. Paulus, 31, and Daniel N. Matlock, 37, of Port Orford are still missing.

A week later, the Sara Jo set out to collect crab pots put out by the Eagle III. The crew of the Sara Jo planned to turn the money from those crabs over to the families affected by the Eagle III.

But as the Sara Jo returned across the Coos Bay bar, the ship lost power.

Battered by waves, the boat capsized.

Coast Guard boats pulled David Schellong, 42, of North Bend and David Williams, 43, of Cottonwood, California, from the water. They survived.

A helicopter rushed Raymundo Cardoso, 46, of Winchester Bay to the hospital. He died from his injuries that evening.

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