The Coast Guard will host a public town meeting June 1 in Garibaldi, Ore., to discuss findings from its investigation into the fatal Feb. 20, 2021 capsizing of the F/V Coastal Reign.
The 38-foot Dungeness crab boat was crossing the bar in Tillamook Bay, heading into Garibaldi when the accident happened. Of the four crew members, Todd Chase and Zach Zappone perished.
Coast Guard officials said they had a watch standing for the bar area as boats were returning on that Saturday afternoon. They had issued small craft restrictions but had not closed the bar.
On its bar crossing, the Warrenton-based Coastal Reign turned sideways in the surf and capsized at 4:40 p.m. The Coast Guard responded with Tillamook Bay rescue boats and a helicopter from Astoria. Good Samaritan fishing boats also assisted.
According to the Coast Guard, two people were pulled from the water by a boat team. One of them was unresponsive. One crew member had climbed onto the rocks of a jetty and was rescued by the aircrew. The fourth person was recovered by a boat team amid floating debris and was also unresponsive.
The Coast Guard had recovered all four crew by 6 p.m. One crew member was declared dead immediately, and the other died at the hospital the next morning.
The June 1 meeting will open at 6 p.m. at the Garibaldi City Hall, according to Chief Sherman Baldwin, executive petty officer at Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay.
“We will have speakers from the investigation team as well as local Coast Guard members who were involved in the case,” Baldwin said.