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WEEKEND FISHING TRIP TURNS DEADLY Print E-mail
October 17, 2000 11:00 pm

GOLD BEACH A weekend fishing trip turned disastrous for two tourists when one of them died and the other suffered hypothermia after their boat capsized in the Rogue River.

Orlando Virgil, 43, Mesa, Ariz., died after the skiff he was fishing in overturned and he and Jeffrey Don Everts, 43, Medford, were thrown into the ocean.

The Curry County Sheriffs Office received a 9-1-1 call at 12:41 p.m. on Oct. 13 advising that a boat had capsized and two men were in the water being swept out to sea.

Officers were dispatched to the area and the United States Coast Guard was advised.

A Coast Guard helicopter was sent from Air Station North Bend and two motor life boats were dispatched from Station Chetco River.

Sheriffs Reserve Marine Deputy Mike Luzmoor and Captain Mark Metcalf were dispatched in the sheriffs ocean safe boat.

Luzmoor and Metcalf were guided to the location of Everts by officers on the South Jetty.

Everts was found clinging to his 17-foot drift boat approximately one-half mile south of the mouth of the Rogue River and one-quarter mile offshore.

Everts was conscious and alert, but suffering from hypothermia after being in the ocean for about 50 minutes, deputies said.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew located Virgil about three-quarters of a mile off shore and the sheriffs safe boat was directed to his location. Rescuers found Virgil floating unconscious on his back, He had no vital signs as officers pulled him from the water, deputies said.

Virgil and Everts were taken by ambulance to Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach. Ambulance and hospital personnel attempted to revive Virgil. He was pronounced dead around 2:58 p.m.

Cause of death appears to be drowning, Metcalf said.

Everts was treated and released.

Everts was wearing a personal flotation device, but Virgil was not, Coast Guard officials said.

The Coast Guard recommends that appropriate personal flotation devices be worn when participating in activities in and around the water.

 

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