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Corps’ Survey Boat Graham capsizes near mouth of Chetco River

Published April 25, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Survey Boat Graham capsized while working near the mouth of the Chetco River in Brookings at approximately 1 p.m. today. The two crew members onboard were rescued and the boat was recovered.

The Survey Boat Graham was conducting a routine survey at the north shore berm, just south of the Chetco River Jetty when it capsized. One crewmember swam to shore. The U.S. Coast Guard Station – Chetco River rescued the other crewmember from the boat. Both crewmembers were evaluated at Curry General Hospital in Gold Beach and released.

Based on initial reports, the boat didn’t leak any fuel or oil into the water.

The Corps will conduct an investigation into the causes of this incident.

More information about the Corps’ navigation mission and role of survey vessels can be viewed online at

Jeffrey Henon

Release no. 18-024

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