BARNEGAT LIGHT - Two former Barnegat Light fishermen who recently moved to the West Coast were two of the three fishermen who died after their boat capsized Tuesday night off the Oregon coast.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that a response was made to a call for a fishing vessel that needed assistance crossing Yaquina Bay. Using a helicopter, they found the capsized Mary B II.
Police said the Coast Guard rescued James Lacey, 48, who was from South Toms River, in the Pacific and transported him to a hospital, where he died.
The boat's skipper, Stephen Biernacki, 50, previously from Barnegat Light, was found with the vessel after it ran aground on the beach and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Biernacki was based at the Viking Village in Barnegat Light before moving to Oregon.
A third man, Joshua Porter, 50, from Toledo, Oregon, was found on the beach where he died.
The Coast Guard also reported that they battled 12-14 foot waves in the Yaquina Bay during the rescue.