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Two Men Rescued by US Coast Guard After Boat Capsizes Off Newport Coast
05/13/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Two Idaho men are being treated at a Newport-area hospital Friday after their boat capsized in the Pacific Ocean about a half mile off shore. The father and his son were rescued by US Coast Guard personnel who witnessed the boat capsizing.
 
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper Heather Van Meter, on May 13, 2011 at approximately 1:30 p.m. the two men were crabbing from their 18-foot fiberglass Blue Water boat in rough ocean conditions near the south reef off South Jetty. The men were retrieving a crab pot when a large wave rolled the boat, ejecting both men.
 
US Coast Guard personnel from an observation tower witnessed the boat overturning and immediately dispatch two rescue boats to the area. Van Meter and additional Coast Guard personnel comprised a beach team ready to assist as needed. The men were identified as TIM JUSTICE, age 37, from Boise, Idaho, and GARY JUSTICE, age 62, from Emmett, Idaho. They were wearing life jackets and were in the water about 15 minutes before being rescued and taken to shore.
 
The men were transported by Pacific West ambulance to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for treatment of hypothermia and minor injuries.
 
They traveled to the Oregon coast to fish and crab. Ocean conditions were described as too rough to allow retrieving the partially submerged boat at this time.