The Fearless II became disabled and drifted into rocks on the North Jetty at the Coos River entrance in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 22. A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted the two crew members to safety after they jumped from the boat and climbed onto the jetty.

The boat was owned by the late Joshua Porter, who died with the rest of the crew of the 42-foot Dungeness boat Mary B II during a failed bar crossing at Yaquina Bay in Newport, Ore.

The Mary B II was being operated by Stephen Biernacki, a New Jersey fisherman who was new to the fishery and the fishing area. The Coast Guard reported that he also tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine and alcohol.

The Fearless II was disabled after striking a submerged object, Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard photo/PO3 Michael Clark

The Fearless II was disabled after striking a submerged object, Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard photo/PO3 Michael Clark

Porter, who had been an advocate for sober living, had no drugs or alcohol in his system and reportedly was making his last planned trip on the Mary B II.

The Newport Fishermen's Wives reports that the Fearless II was being returned to Coos Bay to be sold. The crew lost steering controls, jumped into the water and climbed onto the rocks.

One of the crew members reportedly suffered some cuts, and the other was uninjured.

Boaters in the area spotted flotsam in the water after the accident. Debris from the damage is being cleaned up, but salvage of the vessel awaits better positioning.

Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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