Crew member on doomed Oregon ship Mary B II texted, called wife before death

PORTLAND, Ore — A crew member on a doomed Oregon crabbing vessel that sank in rough seas, killing all three aboard, sent desperate texts to his wife just before his death saying the seas were “real big” and he was putting on his life vest, according to testimony at a U.S. Coast Guard hearing Wednesday.

Denise Porter gave tearful testimony about a series of texts and two alarming phone calls from her husband Joshua during the third day of a weeklong hearing into the Jan. 8 shipwreck off the Oregon coast. The hearing was held in Newport, Oregon, and livestreamed.

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