Surveyors rescued after boat flips near Brookings

BROOKINGS, Ore. (AP) — Officials say two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers surveyors were rescued after their boat capsized near the mouth of the Chetco River in Brookings.

KPTV-TV reports the surveyors were conducting a routine survey at the north shore berm, just south of the Chetco River Jetty, when the boat flipped.

The U.S. Coast Guard says someone who witnessed the 26-foot vessel capsize alerted a nearby Coast Guard boat crew.

One crew member from the overturned boat swam to shore. A U.S. Coast Guard crew and multiple local responders rescued the second from the vessel’s cabin after the boat was pulled closer to shore.

Both crew members were evaluated at a hospital north of Brookings in Gold Beach and released.

Preliminary reports indicate the boat did not leak any fuel or oil into the water.