Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen

Debris from the commercial fishing vessel Eagle III collects along the North Jetty near Coos Bay, Ore., Jan. 20, 2016. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center were notified of the vessel�s distress via a signal from an electronic position indicating radio beacon at 8:30 p.m. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station North Bend)

COOS BAY, Ore. - The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday afternoon for two fishermen who went missing after the crabbing vessel Eagle III broke up along North Jetty near Coos Bay on Tuesday.

"With deep regret the Coast Guard has suspended the search for the two remaining fisherman from the fishing vessel Eagle III," said Capt. Michael Trimpert, sector commander, Coast Guard Sector North Bend. "I speak for all of our Coast Guard men and women that stand the watch on the Southern Oregon coast when I say our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those we have lost."

The search began Tuesday night after the Coast Guard picked up a distress signal from the boat.

The ship's captain made it onto the jetty alive.

A Coast Guard helicopter later found one crew member dead on the jetty.

The Coast Gaurd said two 47-foot Motor Life Boats from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay, as well as MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station North Bend and Air Facility Newport, covered more than 50 square miles and traveled over 760 miles while searching the North and South Jetties, the North Spit, Coos Bay and a large section of the Pacific Ocean near the entrance of Coos Bay.

The Coast Guard said the vessel hit the jetty and broke apart. The cause of the incident is under joint investigation between the Coast Guard and Coos Country Sheriff's office.

A memorial fund has been set up for the Eagle III. Donations will be accepted at any Rogue Credit Union bank.

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