Family of Missing Crew Member Pleads for Help
The family of Justin Oberg are asking the community for help. Justin Oberg, who is the brother of the the missing man, contacted us requesting assistance. He wrote,
URGENT, MAN OVERBOARD At 1am this morning my brother, Bryan Scott Moore or also called Bryan Moore Oberg fell off his crabbing vessel called Chief Joseph, 8 miles from shore out of Eureka California and they called off the search about a half hour ago. My brother is one of the most loved, amazing humans you will ever come across. I’m asking for any way to continue the search for my Brother if anyway possible or information on whom I can call to do whatever it is we can. Please help me and my family.
The Coast Guard issued this press release:
The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for a Dungeness crab fisherman who fell overboard from the 47-foot commercial fishing vessel Chief Joseph approximately eight miles west of the South Spit in Humboldt Bay.
The suspension comes after Coast Guard crews from Station Humboldt Bay, Air Station Humboldt Bay and Air Station Sacramento conducted an 11-hour search that covered almost 700 square miles.
“It is with a heavy heart the Coast Guard makes the decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case,” said Capt. Greg Fuller, the Sector Humboldt Bay commander. “We extend our deepest condolences to this man’s loved ones and the entire fishing community.”
Two crewmembers aboard the Chief Joseph reportedly fell overboard while attending to crab pots around 1:10 a.m. The vessel captain was able to pull one person back aboard but could not see the other fisherman. The man who was retrieved had no reported injuries.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Humboldt Bay was first on scene at 1:50 a.m., followed by a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Humboldt Bay. A C-27 Spartan fixed-wing aircraft crew from Air Station Sacramento arrived an hour later, and the crews searched the area continuously until the case was suspended at approximately 1:15 p.m.
The on-scene weather at the beginning of the search consisted of 53-degree air and 52-degree water temperatures.