9 Die As Fishing Boat Capsizes Off Ore.

Associated Press Writer
Posted June 14 2003, 2:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A charter fishing boat carrying 19 people capsized off the Oregon coast early Saturday, killing at least nine, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Rescuers were searching for one person believed to be in the water.

Eight survivors were brought to the emergency room at Tillamook County General Hospital. They were suffered from hypothermia and needed oxygen because of near drowning, said nursing supervisor Heather Scovell.

"They hit a wave wrong and the boat capsized, that's what I was told," Scovell said. "They're cold, in shock."

Those at the hospital ranged in age from 13 to 48; seven are male and one is female, she said. Some were members of the same family.

Nine people from the capsized boat had been confirmed dead, said Chief Petty Officer Paul Painter.

One body was brought to the Tillamook Coast Guard station. The other eight bodies remained lying on beach at Barview State Park just north of Tillamook Bay, he said.

One survivor was brought to a coast guard station, he said.

The 32-foot Taki Tooo capsized in 15-foot breaking surf as it sailed out of Tillamook Bay shortly after 7 a.m., said Coast Guard Cmdr. Patrick Brennan.

The Coast Guard sent three helicopters and two lifeboats to the mouth of the bay, near a jetty, where the wreckage of the boat has since washed ashore, Brennan said.

With 50-degree water, the longest anyone could likely survive in that part of the ocean would be four to eight hours, he said.

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