Friday evening (9/8/17) at approximately 4:50 pm, the United States Coast Guard received a report from a privately owned vessel of a capsized boat and a unresponsive male floating in the Pacific Ocean near Boiler Bay just north of Depoe Bay. Response crews from Station Depoe Bay and Sector Columbia River immediately responded. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Depoe Bay and Station Yaquina Bay along with a helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River and the crew of the 87-foot patrol boat Coast Guard Cutter Adelie responded to the search area. The Station Depoe Bay MLB crew recovered one unresponsive individual. and the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River found a second unresponsive individual who was also recovered by the MLB crew.
Deceased are the boat owner, a 81-year-old James William Warren from McMinville, and 69-year-old Robert Lawrence Zimmel of Forest Grove. Information from family members confirmed that only the two men were aboard the vessel. It was reported that the two men had gone to the coast for the day to go fishing. The Oregon State Police conducted a death investigation and were able to determine Zimmel and Warren were the only two occupants of the boat when it capsized. The reason the boat capsized has not been determined at this time and is still under investigation. Neither Zimmel or Warren were wearing life-vests when they were recovered.
Information provided by USCG and OSP