Five people rescued, one killed after boat capsizes on OR Coast - KCTV5

Off-duty officer, retired sergeant help rescue boaters in deadly capsizing

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Image from Coast Guard rescue effort to save people who went into the Columbia River Bar after their boat capsized. Image from Coast Guard rescue effort to save people who went into the Columbia River Bar after their boat capsized.
Portland Police Officer Randy Vanderhoof and retired Portland Police Sgt. Lonn Sweeney Sr. assisted in rescuing people from a capsized boat near Astoria Portland Police Officer Randy Vanderhoof and retired Portland Police Sgt. Lonn Sweeney Sr. assisted in rescuing people from a capsized boat near Astoria
The victim and survivors were taken to Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA. The victim and survivors were taken to Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA.
ASTORIA, OR (KPTV) -

One man was killed and five other people were rescued after a boat capsized on the Oregon Coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported a 25-foot aluminum guide boat was attempting to cross the Columbia River Bar near Astoria at 9:20 a.m. when it went down into the water.

Another boat was nearby and notified the Coast Guard about the situation.

"I saw the guy's nets low, next thing you know, I saw them come up and the next dip he was gone and his boat was upside down," said Randy Vanderhoof.

Vanderhoof is a Portland police officer who was off-duty boating with retired Portland police sergeant Lonn Sweeney Sr. at the time of the incident.

They began following the other boat after seeing rough waters ahead.

"That's what you do down here, it's all about camaraderie," Vanderhoof said. "When you get a rough bar, you want to follow people in, just because what if something happens?"

They said the other boat sank almost immediately.

Six people onboard went into the water. The people on the second boat, called the Teresa D, were able to reach and rescue five of the people who went into the water.

They were all wearing life jackets, according to the Coast Guard.

"We worked as a team and threw out life rings and vests and picked up one guy at a time," Vanderhoof said.

At first, they believed they had gotten everyone out of the water.

"We had a gentleman on the boat that started crying," Vanderhoof said. "He goes, 'my buddy is still out there.'"

A sixth person, an adult male, was not immediately located. A Coast Guard helicopter and rescue boat conducted a search of the area and found the victim entangled in fishing gear and other debris that had come from the capsized boat.

A Coast Guard swimmer was lowered to the man and he was brought onto the rescue boat. The rescue team attempted CPR and brought the man to a dock in Ilwaco where waiting EMTs took over rescue efforts, but the man did not survive his injuries.

The Coast Guard said he was wearing a life jacket. No other injuries were reported.

The Teresa D crew transported the rescued boaters to Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco.

It's not yet clear what caused the boat to capsize.

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