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Family of Coos Bay fisherman: 'He was a remarkable man'

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Fisherman Blaine Steinmetz (Photo: Amy Sad) Fisherman Blaine Steinmetz (Photo: Amy Sad)

The US Coast Guard has suspended their search for two fishermen presumed lost at sea, after their boat struck a jetty and capsized near Coos Bay.

Family has identified a third crew member as Blaine Steinmetz.  They tell FOX 12 his body was found hours after the wreckage.

Blaine Steinmetz knew the risks of being out on the open seas, but did it anyway because he loved it, according to his stepdaughter Amy Sad. 

And she loved that about him.

Sad says Steinmetz was a psychiatrist for many years, but had long dreamed of being a fisherman.  So, one day, he packed up everything and moved out to the coast to live out that dream.

Tonight, they're taking some comfort knowing he died doing what he loved.

“It was his dream it’s what he wanted to do, and I guess I always honor that about him that he pursued something that was so important about him,” said Amy Sad.

Sad says while their big family knew his job was dangerous, nothing would ever prepare them for getting the call his boat went down.

“We had a lot of questions, like how it split in two, did it capsize, so many questions,” said Sad.

The coast guard says they're still investigating what went wrong Tuesday night on board the 40 foot crabbing vessel.

They’ve confirmed they got a call around 8:30 p.m. of a vessel in distress, after they picked up a signal from an electronic position indicating radio beacon.

“We didn’t know who was on board the boat, or if there was any survivors,” said Sad.

The coast guard searched by air and by sea for survivors.  We're told the ship’s captain made it to safety, but Sad says her stepfather's body was found on the jetty soon after. 

“He was a remarkable man, just a genuinely good soul,” said Sad.

Two other crew members are still missing, and Sad says her thoughts are with them and their families, who are also deeply hurting.

“Fisherman really do risk their lives every day,” said Sad. “They are out there risking their lives to provide for their families.  It’s not an easy career, they work long, hard hours and I do believe that from the bottom of my heart they do it because they love to do it.”

The captain’s name and condition is not known at this time. The coast guard says they are also not releasing the names of the other two missing crew members.

The search could resume at some point, according to the Coast Guard, if they receive any new information about what happened. 

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