Two Perish/One Survives F/V Sinking at Siuslaw River


Two crew members from a commercial crabber based out of Florence died after their fishing vessel struck the South Jetty of the Suislaw River early Monday morning. Coast Guard Sector North Bend received the distress call from the captain of the Fishing Vessel Aquarius at 1:50 am Monday. The call indicated the vessel had struck the jetty, was taking on water and the crew was abandoning ship. A helicopter from Newport and USCG rescue crews from Umpqua and Siuslaw Rivers arrived on scene. One member of the crew was found conscious and confirmed two others were on board when the vessel sank. Ground searchers located one of the other crew near the shore and the last crew member was located about 5 hours after the initial call. Both were unresponsive.

On the Novelli’s Crab & Seafood Facebook Page, a family member announced the passing of Kyle and Amber Novelli. An account has been set up to cover unexpected funeral costs and business expenses. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Jay Nilles responded to the loss of two well-known Florence community members saying “the community is a family that embraces us, as we embrace everyone who crosses the bar for a living, or to recreate on the ocean. We are reminded during these times, that the ocean is unforgiving, and can be a treacherous place to work and recreate.”

This entry was posted on Monday, June 29th, 2020 and is filed under Local News.