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Death Investigation - Ocean off Depoe Bay
06/12/2010
Sergeant Justin McGladrey
Oregon State Police - Newport
(541) 265-5354

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing an investigation into the apparent accidental death of a Depoe Bay-area man Friday evening after he was reported missing by his roommate with whom he was flying kites on a rocky outcropping in Depoe Bay.
 
On June 11, 2010 at approximately 7:06 p.m. an OSP trooper was dispatched to a report of a missing person who possibly had fallen into the ocean near the west end of Vista Street in Depoe Bay. DENNIS KEITH BROCKUS, age 45, was flying kites with his 45-year old male roommate that evening when BROCKUS' kite fell onto a rocky area. At approximately 6:00 p.m. his roommate's kite also fell to the ground and broke so the roommate returned to their residence to fix the kite while BROCKUS attempted to recover his kite from the outcropping.
 
When his roommate returned to the location about 20 minutes later, he couldn't find BROCKUS and immediately notified the Coast Guard. McGladrey said it appears BROCKUS fell into the ocean from the rocky outcropping when trying to retrieve his kite.
 
Prior to OSP's arrival, two Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter had been dispatched to look for BROCKUS. At approximately 7:50 p.m. Coast Guard personnel aboard the helicopter spotted BROCKUS in the ocean about one mile south of the Vista Street location. The helicopter crew retrieved BROCKUS and transported him to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City where he was pronounced deceased at 9:19 p.m.
 
Depoe Bay Fire & Rescue and Pac West Ambulance also assisted at the scene.