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Cottage Grove man dies in Rogue River boating accident

Curry County sheriff's officials say a 56-year-old Cottage Grove man died this morning when his boat capsized at the mouth of the Rogue River in Gold Beach.

According to a Curry County Sheriff's Office news release, deputies took  a call at 7:38 a.m. that an 18-foot boat had capsized near the north jetty as it attempted to cross the bar out to sea. Deputies in a sheriff's marine boat braved 12- to 14-foot swells to pull the boat's operator, Thomas Whiting, from the water, along with his nephew Charlie Johnson, also of Cottage Grove. 

Deputies say Whiting was unresponsive and face-down in the water, while Johnson was alert and holding on to a seat cushion. Crews from Cal-Ore Ambulance and the Gold Beach Fire Department performed CPR on Whiting more than an hour before he was pronounced dead. Johnson, 36, was taken to Curry General Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.

Officials say a female yellow Labrador retriever that was on board the boat is still missing.