A strobe lite from the sailing vessel Kiwanda was found in the initial search.

On Tuesday, October 1, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Oregon State Police troopers responded to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Station Yaquina Bay on a report they had located a deceased person in the Pacific Ocean.

The deceased individual is identified as Hoang Minh Tran, 58, of Clackamas.

Family had reported Tran overdue from a sailing trip aboard the vessel "Kiwanda" on the evening of Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Tran was found wearing a flotation device.

Previous Pilot coverage posted at 12 p.m. Sept. 30

Missing: Drone used in search off Central Coast

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man missing near Whale Cove in the area of Depoe Bay.

Coast Guard Sector North Bend coordinated eight combined searches over an 11-hour period along the Central Coast. The effort was conducted by an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Facility Newport, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay and Lincoln County Rescue. All searches resulted in negative results.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector North Bend received a report at 11:42 a.m. Sunday from a source on land who sighted vessel debris in the vicinity of Whale Cove, approximately one-mile south of Depoe Bay.

A 47-foot MLB crew and a Dolphin helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene to commence searching at 12:10 p.m.

At 12:47 p.m. Lincoln County Rescue and a Station Depoe Bay ground party arrived at Whale Cove and launched a drone to survey from above.

The reported floating debris field was located by responders, and the debris found was confirmed to be from the overdue sailing vessel Kiwanda.

The Kiwanda was last sighted by a bar tower watchstander at Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday in the vicinity of Cape Foulweather, with a northerly heading.

Coast Guard crew members recovered several items from the area including: wood, a life jacket, part of a marine sanitation device, and a strobe light with the name of the vessel written on it.


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