Crab boat victim told friend the boat's crew was 'inexperienced'

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A crab boat victim reportedly told his friend that the vessel's crew was 'inexperienced' just days before it capsized in Oregon's treacherous waters, killing three fishermen.

James Lacey, 48, Stephen Biernacki, 50, and Joshua Porter, 50, were all killed Tuesday night as they crossed the dangerous Yaquina Bay bar in 14 foot waves.

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Porter's friend, Celeste Paranto, told The Oregonian that Porter 'had spoken to some people on Friday,' telling them that 'this would be his last trip on the boat and as of the 12th he had a new job lined up'.

'He told friends that the crew was inexperienced. Those were his words. It’s very sad. Because he was a responsible person he went out on the trip and never returned home. I’m really having a hard time with it,' Paranto added.

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Porter had a tuna boat in Coos Bay and was looking forward to fishing on his own boat rather than working for someone else, according to the Oregonian.

Lacey, of South Toms River, New Jersey, was found in the water and Porter, of Toledo, Oregon, was found on a beach north of the north jetty.

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Oregon State Police say Biernacki, of Barnegat Township, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crew members were traveling on the Mary B II that is thought to have been featured on the TV show Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove.

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The 42-foot boat vessel was spotted capsized at the entrance point of the two jetties.

Petty Officer Levi Reed told Komo news: 'The Coast Guard was on scene quickly, even as it happened as vessel's crew had asked for escort across the bar, so we were there very quickly.

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'Unfortunately, we were not able to recover them. The Yaquina Bay bar is a dangerous bar, as are all of the river bars in the Pacific Northwest.

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