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OSP Troopers Recognized for Life Saving Efforts in Pacific Ocean
For Immediate Release- 9/5/2011
Marine Board Chair, George Tinker (Coos Bay), Lt. Ethan Wilson accepting the Life Saving Award on behalf of Trooper Adam Shimer and Trooper Jim O’Connor, and Marine Board Director, Scott Brewen  
The Oregon State Marine Board recognized the efforts of Sr. Trooper Adam Shimer and Trooper Jim O’Connor for saving two lives, at their annual post-season Law Enforcement Conference, held on Monday, September 26 in Eugene. 
On August 21, 2011 while on routine ocean patrol, the Troopers were notified of two capsized kayaks with people in the water near the Peter Iredale shipwreck.  Troopers O’Connor and Shimer traveled through dense fog, with often less than 100 foot visibility from the area of the Columbia River mouth until both boaters were found.  The boaters were spotted clinging to their kayaks.  Both individuals and their boats were retrieved.  The boaters displayed signs of hypothermia and had been in the water an estimated 45 minutes. 
 “Thanks to Trooper Shimer and Trooper O’Conor for their determination to find these individuals under difficult environmental conditions,” said Marty Law, Boating Safety Manager for the Marine Board.  “It’s not easy to locate victims from capsizing in the ocean and these Troopers made the difference.  Two lives were saved that day.”