2 dead after boat capsizes near Depoe Bay

They were not wearing life jackets

A boat that belonged to James Warren of McMinnville capsized on September 8, killing the owner and Robert Zimmel. (OSP)
A boat that belonged to James Warren of McMinnville capsized on September 8, killing the owner and Robert Zimmel. (OSP)

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (AP/KOIN) — The U.S. Coast Guard said crews found two people dead after a boat capsized off the Oregon Coast near Depoe Bay.

The Coast Guard said a boater called just before 5 p.m. to report finding a capsized vessel with debris in the water.

The Coast Guard said a Depoe Bay boat crew recovered the body of 69-year-old Robert Lawrence Zimmel of Forest Grove while a helicopter crew found the body of the boat’s owner, 81-year-old James William Warren from McMinnville.  They were not wearing life jackets.

There was a search earlier in the night for potential other passengers who were missing, but Oregon State Police determined he and Zimmel were the only people on the boat when it capsized

Weather in the search area included 10 to 15 mph winds and waves of 7 to 8 feet.

Depoe Bay is southwest of Portland, Oregon.