Man rescued after boat capsizes

Pictured are the rescue swimmers who assisted the boat operator, 62-year-old Scott Holland of Gold Beach, back to shore where he was attended to by Cal-Ore Life Flight for possible Hypothermia. (Courtesy Curry County Sheriff's Office)

A report of a person thrown overboard from a capsized boat in the ocean off Myers Creek came in to the Curry County Sheriff's Office at noon on Monday.

The 911 caller reported that there was a person in the water in the Pistol River area about seven miles south of Gold Beach.

Sheriff’s Deputies, a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue rescue swimmer, Oregon State Troopers, the Gold Beach Fire and Cal-Ore Life Flight all responded to the area. First responders saw the capsized boat about three hundred yards offshore in the breakers and could see a person in the water about one hundred yards offshore struggling to swim against the breaking surf.

A SAR rescue swimmer, two GBFD rescue swimmer,s and a State Trooper with a dry suit entered the water and were able to reach the victim who was wearing a life vest. The rescue swimmers assisted the boat operator, 62-year-old Scott Holland of Gold Beach, back to shore where he was attended to by Cal-Ore Life Flight for possible Hypothermia.

The entire rescue from the time the 911 call came in, to the time Holland was helped out of the water spanned 21 minutes. The fast response was crucial in saving Holland’s life in those treacherous conditions, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

It was found out later that Holland was attempting to take his eighteen-foot fiberglass boat from Gold Beach to Brookings along the coastline.


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