PORTLAND — Coast Guard investigators are seeking public information regarding the deaths of a Florence couple following the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Aquarius, which capsized off Florence on June 29.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. on June 29, Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Bend received a distress call from the captain of F/V Aquarius, a commercial crabbing vessel, stating all crew members were abandoning ship, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District PA Detachment, Astoria. The vessel had struck the south jetty in the Siuslaw River bar and was beginning to take on water.
One person on the boat was located safely near the shoreline. Kyle and Amber Novelli were later found unresponsive.
In addition to commercial crabbing, the couple's business was Novelli’s Crab and Seafood on the docks in Florence.
Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is encouraged to provide information to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland investigation team at: Pdxio@uscg.mil.
Please include "AQUARIUS" in the subject line of your email. All emails with pertinent information will be reviewed, factored and responded to accordingly.
Upon completion of the investigation, the Coast Guard intends to develop a Report of Investigation (ROI) in accordance with Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §4.07-10, which will encompass findings of fact, conclusions and safety recommendations aimed at preventing similar incidents.