Boat sank so fast off Wash. coast no time for distress call

Mar 12, 2012

The brother of one of four commercial fishermen lost at sea wonders whether their 70-foot trawler hit a rogue wave and sank.

The Lady Cecelia disappeared off the Washington coast Saturday morning. The Coast Guard found only some debris, an oil sheen, crab pots and an empty life raft.

Among the four missing fishermen is deckhand Jason Bjaranson of Warrenton, Ore.

Bjaranson's brother, Adam Bjaranson, told The AP the Coast Guard speculates the Lady Cecelia may have hit a rogue wave.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer Shawn Eggert says that is possible, if the trawler hit a rogue wave at just the right angle.

Also missing are skipper Dave Nichols of Warrenton, deckhand Luke Jensen of Ilwaco, Wash., and NOAA Fisheries Service observer Chris Langel of Kaukauna, Wis.