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Reno fisherman drives boat onto Oregon beach


BANDON, Ore. (AP) — A fisherman lost in the fog drove his boat onto a beach in Bandon.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office says 57-year-old David Brinsko of Reno, Nevada, was heading back Tuesday when he encountered fog so thick that he couldn’t see the mouth of the Coquille River.

He tried to follow GPS navigation, but the screen was zoomed too far out and he missed the entrance by a couple hundred yards to the south.

Once Brinsko realized he was inside the surf zone of the beach, he started taking on breaker waves over the bow and stern. To avoid being rolled in the surf, he drove onto the beach near the south jetty of the river.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office responded along with Bandon police and fire. Brinsko wasn’t hurt and the fishing vessel was later towed.

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