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9 Die As Fishing Boat Capsizes Off Ore.

June 14, 2003

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ A charter fishing boat carrying 19 passengers and crew members capsized off the Oregon coast early Saturday, killing at least nine people, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Rescuers were searching for two people believed to be in the water.

Eight survivors were brought to the emergency room at Tillamook County General Hospital suffering from hypothermia and needing oxygen because of near drowning, said nursing supervisor Heather Scovell.

``They hit a wave wrong and the boat capsized, that’s what I was told,″ Scovell said. ``They’re cold, in shock.″

Those at the hospital ranged in age from 13 to 48; seven are male and one is female, Scovell said. Some were members of the same family. All but one were released shortly after 11 a.m.

Nine people from the capsized boat had been confirmed dead, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Paul Painter.

One body was brought to the Tillamook Coast Guard station; the other eight lay on beach at Barview State Park just north of Tillamook Bay, he said.

The 32-foot Taki Tooo capsized in 15-foot breaking surf as it sailed out of Tillamook Bay shortly after 7 a.m., said Coast Guard Cmdr. Patrick Brennan.

The Coast Guard sent three helicopters and two lifeboats to the mouth of the bay, near a jetty, where the wreckage of the boat has since washed ashore, Brennan said.

Investigators from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Portland were en route to investigate the wreck of the Taki Tooo.

With 50-degree water, the longest anyone could likely survive in that part of the ocean would be four to eight hours, he said.

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