Comments were made by others in the fishing community just after “Sea Princess” sank, “If this could happen to Mark and Cynthia, it could happen to any of us out here.”
“I’m thankful for all the thought and preparation for potential disaster aboard a boat at sea that we put in,” Mark said. “You never think it will happen to you, but we were always aware it does happen and we needed to be prepared.”
He had just taken a refresher Coast Guard training course this spring to make sure he had the latest information about survival at sea.
Schneider said Tuesday, "(I) hope good things can come from a bad situation for us. If we can help others think about being prepared for whatever life throws at us, we can survive."
The tight-knit fishing community on the Oregon coast is stepping up to help the couple recover. At the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NewportFishermensWives, this note is posted:
"If you haven't heard, F/V Sea Princess sank after an engine area explosion while albacore fishing. During the summer, the owner and his wife live aboard the vessel. With nearly three decades of experience, he credits his training with the Coast Guard that saved their lives. The boat was recently re-outfitted for this season so you can imagine the loss is nothing short of devastating. We are grateful for their safety and have set up donations on their behalf. If you would like to make a donation to the Schneider Family, please visit www.newportfishermenswives.com. When making a donation, please notate that you would like the funds to go to the Schneider Family. Thank you for helping us come together in helping a fellow fishing family in need."