Coasties Rescue Another Crab Fishing Vessel


Lori Ann Eureka crab Photo Coast Guard

The Lori Ann [Photo provided by the US Coast Guard]

Press release from the US Coast Guard:


The Coast Guard assisted four Dungeness crab fishermen aboard a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel approximately two miles west of the Humboldt Bay north spit, Monday.

The Lori Ann’s crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 1 p.m., reporting their boat was disabled and had no steering.

Watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast to ask for help from other boaters in the area, but nobody was able to respond. Due to thick fog in the area that reduced visibility to one-half mile, the officer of the day dispatched a crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay to assist. A rescue crew launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and arrived on scene in less than 10 minutes.

The Coast Guard crew placed the Lori Ann in side tow and helped moor the vessel at Woodley Island Marina around 5:30 p.m.

“Fortunately, the fog cleared by the time we arrived, but ,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Boyd, the rescue boat coxswain. “It took a lot of time and caution to get everyone to the dock safely.”

The crew of the Lori Ann did not report any injuries.



  • Amen… You guys are all heroes.

  • Honeydew Bridge C.H.U.M.P.

    I’m wondering if since the fishing has collapsed if boats are falling into disrepair from lack of cash flow.

    Imagine the days before the Coast Guard? No thanks!

  • Pinch of Salt River

    Kudos Coast Guard! Thank goodness all ended well.

  • Thank you CG

  • Yes we are lucky to have both the fishermen willing to go out and the Coast Guard willing to trying to bring them safely home.

  • Coast guard rocks!!
    What’s up with the ocean right now, are the waves intense in the crabbing areas?
    Is there a fund to help with boat repairs? I know crabbing means working as much as possible while seasons open, it seems even a few days to fix a boats issues csn severely set them back.
    Best wishes to all!

  • unbridled phillistine

    CG the kind of thing you do not want to see when your out on the grind, But when you need them you cannot wait to see them. Funny how that is. Do love the CG tho.

  • Thank you Coasties, you rock! !!

  • If any of you out there care or wonder about the U.S.C.G. and/or have any doubts about their dedication, you might want to watch “Finest Hours”. Chris Pine’s performance was pretty realistic. If anything, after having watched the movie, read the book, read my union’s write up on the crew’s being rescued in their (the union) fifty year remembrance of the event, and having sailed in that vicinity in rough weather, I would venture that the movie didn’t capture how bad it really was. Its difficult to convey to a viewer or reader how cold really affects you, or how high and steep waves can get in extremely dangerous weather.

    Crossing Humboldt Bay’s bar can get really dicy, and sitting adrift off the coast is disturbing, but add in mountainous seas and freezing temperatures and you get something many U.S.C.G people experience in their careers. Keep in mind they volunteer for this.

    They deserve our respect in every way.

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