Coos Bay woman drowns in Coquille River

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- A Coos Bay woman drowned in the Coquille River on Tuesday, after her life vest snagged on her overturned boat.

The Coos County dispatch center got a call just after 1:00 pm about a person trapped in the water approximately 2 miles north of the Gaylord Bridge on the South Fork of the Coquille River along the Powers Highway. 

First responders from Myrtle Point Fire and Ambulance along with the Coos County Sheriff’s office responded to the scene.

When they arrived, they found Kristle Volin, 25, of coos Bay, trapped underwater by a tree and her pontoon boat. 

Authorities say her life vest had been caught on her pontoon boat as it became wedged into a tree that had swept into the river during the winter storms.

Officials say Volin and an employee from the ODFW were rafting the river, checking the banks of and attempting to identify river bank areas for potential restoration projects.

Volin’s raft got caught by the tree, overturning and snagging her life vest, trapping her underneath the water, officials said.

Rescuers had to deflate the raft in order to free her and bring her to shore.

Authorities say Volin was transported by the Coast Guard to Bay Area Hospital, and was pronounced deceased on arrival at the hospital.

Volin was employed by the Coquille Watershed.