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.