Commercial crab fishing has a bad reputation for being one of the most dangerous industries, especially the Dungeness crab fishing industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, 80 out of every 100,000 crab fishermen die while commercial crab fishing. However, a recent article by the Half Moon Bay Review says that any injuries and…

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Here’s the good news. The overall number of commercial fishing fatalities has declined by 34 percent during the time between 2000 and 2014. So, what’s the bad news? Well, fishermen are still dying at sea. In 2014 alone, 29 fishermen died while working at sea. Granted, this is a huge decrease compared to the 42…

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As the investigation into the sinking of the F/V LADY CECILIA continues, one of the biggest questions yet to be answered is whether the vessel was seaworthy. Investigators suspect the vessel sank very fast, possibly in a matter of seconds, but they don’t know what caused it to sink. The first round of public hearings…

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On Mar. 10, the F/V LADY CECILIA sank off the coast of Washington, resulting in the deaths of Chris Langel, 25, of Kaukauna, Wis., Luke Jensen, 22, of Ilwaco, Wash., Jason Bjaranson, 38, and Dave Nichols, 43, both of Warrenton, Ore. On Monday, we discussed the recent discovery of the wreckage. Today, we’d like to…

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The F/V LADY CECILIA, which sank on Mar. 10 in the Pacific Ocean, has been located. The 70-foot trawler, also identified as the F/V LADY CECELIA, was found in 460 feet of water approximately 20 miles off the Washington coast. The bodies of its four-member crew have yet to be recovered. FDS Marine International, the…

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On Aug. 14, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 43-year-old man stranded in the water near Auke Bay, Alaska. He had been working crab pots near Point Louisa when his canoe capsized. After being reported missing by a friend, he was found by Coast Guard responders and transported to Bartlett Hospital for treatment of mild…

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In mid-May, the F/V DEEP SEA caught fire and sank in Washington’s Penn Cove. According to local media reports, the vessel had been illegally anchored there for months. Penn Cove is known worldwide for its quality mussels and shellfish. After the 128-foot vessel sank, it began leaking an estimated two gallons of diesel fuel per…

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