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Crab fishermen survive harrowing capsize off Oregon coast

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three men were in good condition Wednesday after being cut from inside the hull of a capsized crab boat off the Oregon coast. Their harrowing rescue was caught on video the night before.

The 38-foot Pacific Miner was flipped by large waves in the middle of the harbor and then got caught on rocks in a jetty in Coos Bay as the tide went out.

A US Coast Guard helicopter on a routine training mission spotted the vessel.

Rescuers could not see the men inside the capsized boat and given the ship’s condition, rescuers searched for bodies in the water for more than an hour before a firefighter checked the boat itself. He heard survivors pounding on the hull from the inside, said Rob Gensorek, the owner of a local bait shop who posted video of the rescue on Facebook Live.

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It was a miracle the boat didn’t wash out to sea and that all the men were saved, he said Wednesday.

“If you were to write a game plan for how this thing should have played out to have a perfect ending, this was it.” Gensorek said.

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