By BRIAN BULLOCK
Two fishermen were transported to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City Friday after their fishing boat sank off Chetco Point in Brookings.
Ronald Brier, 33, of Medford, was pulled from the water by rescue personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Chetco River Station. Erik Jarvey, 24, also of Medford, was able to swim to shore where he yelled for help.
Luis Zamora and his nephew, Bart Stevens, both of Brookings, were at Chetco Point Park when they heard the screams of the victim who was able to reach the shore along Mill Beach.
"We were coming down here fishing," Zamora said. "We heard them yelling and came down."
Zamora and Stevens helped the victim off the large boulders at the shoreline to the rocky beach. Zamora used his cellular phone to call for help.
The pair also removed their shirts and used them to try to warm up the victim.
According to paramedics on the scene, the victim was suffering from severe hypothermia and was temporarily unresponsive.
According to Coast Guard reports, the two fishermen left the Port of Brookings Harbor in a 24-foot jet boat and ran into difficulty several hundred yards off Mill Beach.
The red and gray jet boat was swamped and sunk by a large wave just north of Chetco Point.
The fishermen then spent approximately 90 minutes in the water before one made it to shore and was able to get help from Zamora and Stevens.
"They buried the bow of the boat into a wave and it sunk," said Petty Officer Jarrod Morris, of the North Bend station. "Once we got on scene, the rescue boat found one victim in a life vest. He was hanging onto two other floatation devices."
The victim who reached shore was responsive after treatment on the scene by paramedics.
The fishermen were transferred to Sutter Coast Hospital. A nursing supervisor reported late Friday that both men were in stable condition.