"Everybody was happy and jolly. They were all excited to go
fishing. The trip began so normal," said Jeff Folknere, the owner of
the Garibaldi Marina on Oregons Pacific Coast. Earlier in the
morning, he had sat in his
office sipping coffee and watched as the thirty-two foot charter
boat named Taki Too had motored out of the harbor.
The Taki Too was a ruggedly built, no frills boat. It had
a small cabin that accommodate just a few people at a time.
Most of the seventeen passengers sat on benches in the open air.
Captain Davis had many years experience, so he knew where to find fish
as well as any other charter boat captain on the coast.
The boat sailed out of the harbor and into the wide expanse of
Tillamook Bay. Two large rivers flow down from the Cascade
Mountains and empty into the east side of Tillamook Bay. All this water
finds its way to the ocean through the mouth of Tillamook Bay. As this
water heads out to sea, it beats against the incoming waves and
currents of the Pacific Ocean, producing treacherous currents and chaotic
Some of the passengers, when they saw the frothy high waves kicked
up by the wind and conflicting currents, decided to put on life
jackets. Others looked past the turbulent water at the entrance of the
harbor and saw the long, regular succession of the ocean's rolling
waves on the
blue Pacific. These passengers decided they would wait until after they
over the sand bar at the entrance of the bay and into calmer water.
the boat crossed the sand bar, a large wave
slammed against the Taki Too, and instantly it flipped over. It
happened so fast that no one on board had time to react and jump
clear. They were plunged into the frigid water beneath the
overturned boat and had to fight a life and death struggle to swim from