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Community gathers to remember fishermen lost in Eagle III, Sara Jo accidents

A part of the Eagle III has been turned into a memorial for the 3 fishermen lost when the vessel hit the North Spit and broke apart.

COOS BAY, Ore. - Friends and family of the missing fishermen held a celebration of life for the victims of the Eagle III and Sara Jo fishing vessel accidents Saturday evening at the Charleston Marina Complex.

Diane Wright, mother of missing Eagle III fisherman Joshua Paulus, organized the event.

"It just breaks my heart and it fills me with joy but it brings tears to my eyes to see these people even coming in and honoring these boys that risked their lives everyday," Wright said.

Raymundo Cardoso died as a result of the Sara Jo accident. His wife, Rupy, was there to honor his life.

"It's going to be hard without him. He has left behind his parents, his sisters, his daughters, his grandbabies," she said, through tears.

Those who attended the celebration of life shared thoughts and memories of the victims. People spoke quietly and respectfully about the fallen fishermen.

Diane Wright, mother of missing Eagle III fisherman Joshua Paulus, organized the event. At the vigil, Right expressed her gratitude for the community support she's received.

"And these boys risked their lives every day...every single one of them. Risk their lives to go out and bring the seafood to our tables, and we sit at home and wait for them to come home," Wright said.

A piece of the Eagle III was displayed outside, decorated by flowers.

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