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Three Men Treated Following Boat Capsizing off Newport Beach
08/29/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Three Albany men were treated and released from a Newport-area hospital Saturday afternoon after their boat capsized off South Beach State Park. An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division trooper from the Newport Area Command office is completing the investigation and will forward it to the Oregon State Marine Board.
 

According to OSP Trooper Heather Van Meter, on August 29, 2009 at approximately 1:26 p.m. OSP received a call of a capsized boat in the surf just off of South Beach State Park in the Newport-area. Two men were reported last seen in the water hanging onto the boat.
 
Upon arrival, troopers spotted Newport-area medics on the scene attending to three men lying on the beach. An 18-foot aluminum boat was overturned in the surf just off the beach. The men who were aboard the boat are identified as ALFRED WETLAND, age 51; MAURICE A. DORSEY, age 50; and , MICHAEL J. HENRY, age 47, all from Albany.  The men were transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport where they were treated and released for hypothermia, minor cuts and bruises.
 
The men said they were fishing and trying to use their GPS to navigate back to port in the thick fog and high surf. They did not realize they were so close to the south reefs and the boat was hit by a large wave and capsized, trapping the three men underneath the boat. They managed to get out from underneath the boat and tried to hang onto the boat as it rolled in the surf.
 
The men were eventually pulled from the surf and onto the beach by onlookers.
 
Lincoln County Sheriff Office marine deputies and United States Coast Guard Yaquina Bay personnel assisted with the investigation. The boat was removed from the beach and towed to Florence.