Deputy Dougherty arrived and contacted the vessel operator, Robert Knupp, 29, of Salem. Deputy Dougherty was advised by emergency medical responders that no serious injuries were reported. During an investigation it was learned that the Yaquina Bay Bar was closed to all recreational and uninspected passenger craft at the time of Knupp’s crossing. Deputy Dougherty contacted the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay, he was advised that a Motor Life boat was dispatched when Knupp began navigating his way outbound through the jetties, although the dispatched vessel was unable to catch up with the boat operated by Knupp prior to the capsizing.
On 04/08/2017, at approximately 4:15 pm, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Marine Deputy Patrick Dougherty responded to the report of a 16 foot recreational boat capsized in the surf just West of the Yaquina Bay State Park, Newport OR. Prior to Deputy Dougherty’s arrival, the City of Newport Fire Department contacted three adult males who had self-rescued from the overturned vessel, all three were able to make their way to the beach in the process. Newport Fire transported the three subjects to a waiting ambulance at the Nye Beach access point.
Deputy Dougherty’s investigation revealed Knupp was attempting to crab on the North side of the jetty during hazardous conditions when the boat was caught in the surf zone. Knupp was subsequently arrested for Reckless Operation of Vessel, he was issued a citation in lieu of custody into the Lincoln County Circuit Court. Reckless Operation is a class A Misdemeanor, punishable up to one year in jail and a $6,250 fine. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the incident by the City of Newport Fire Department, Pacific West Ambulance and the United States Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay.
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