Doomed crab boat victim told friend boat's crew was 'inexperienced,' report says

- Three fishermen aboard the crab boat boat Mary B II were pronounced dead after their vessel capsized off the coast of Newport, Ore., on Tuesday, officials said.

The three men killed were identified as Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, Ore.; James Lacy, 48, of South Toms River, N.J.; and Stephen Biernacki, 50, of Barnegat Township, N.J.

It was planned to be Porter's final voyage on the vessel, a friend told the Oregonian.

“Josh had spoken to some people on Friday that this would be his last trip on the boat and as of the 12th he had a new job lined up,” Celeste Paranto told the newspaper. “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.”

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this report stated that the boat had been featured on the television show "The Deadliest Catch." That was later found not to be the case.

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