Accident Database

Report ID# 3700

  • Equipment Trap
  • Swim into Rock or Sieve
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

Coos Bay woman drowns when

boat capsizes on Coquille River

The Portland Oregonian

A woman drowned Tuesday after she was trapped underwater on the South Fork of the Coquille River, the Coos County Sheriff's Office reported. Kristle Volin, 25, of Coos Bay, an employee of the Coquille Watershed Association, was working with Jeff Jackson, 42, of Florence, an employee of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Each was using a pontoon boat to scout riverbank areas for restoration projects, a sheriff's news release said. A fallen tree capsized Volin's boat about two miles north of the Gaylord Bridge, and her life jacket snagged.

Sheriff's deputies and Myrtle Point Fire and Ambulance crews responded to a 9-1-1 call about 1:05 p.m. They had to deflate the boat to free Volin. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter took her to Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, but she was dead on arrival, the sheriff's office said. Jackson was not injured. 

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