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Three Men Rescued From Ocean After Small Boat Capsizes in Newport Area
09/24/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Three adult men were tossed into the Pacific Ocean Saturday morning after their 18-foot aluminum boat capsized off the South Jetty in the Newport area. Two of the men were treated for minor injuries at an area hospital and and released.
 
According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Heather VanMeter, on September 24, 2011 at approximately 9:00 a.m. the men were heading out past the South Jetty to go crabbing in an 18-foot aluminum Starcraft boat when they decided to return back because of the ocean conditions. As they returned, a large wave capsized the boat and tossed the men in the water.
 
A surfer identified as CHRISTOPHER SPEAKMAN, age 60, from Corvallis, saw the boat capsize and went to help the three men, placing two on his board as the third man held on to the surfer's ankles. The men were wearing life jackets and remained with the surfer for about 20 minutes until Coast Guard personnel arrived and transported them to the local Coast Guard facility.
 
Two of the men were taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and treated and released for hypothermia and other minor injuries. They are identified as DAN HANDE, age 57, and ROB HICKS, age 57, both from Salem. The third man and boat owner, CRAIG SMITH, age 55, from Turner, did not go to the hospital.
 
The boat has not been retrieved and is considered a total loss.