Investigators reveal Mary B II captain had meth, alcohol in system

The Coast Guard began its five-day hearing in Newport May 15 to consider evidence related to the Mary B II marine casualty investigation. Investigators from the Coast Guard claim that the captain of the vessel tested positive for methamphetamine and alcohol in the toxicology tests.

The commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, originally capsized on Jan. 8 at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport and led to the deaths of three fishermen. Boat captain Stephen Biernacki, 50, from Barnegat Township, New Jersey and crew members James Lacey, 48, of South Toms River, New Jersey, and Joshua Porter, 50, of Toledo, more at

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