Franklin High School counselor Hoang Tran lost at sea
Coast Guard authorities have recovered the body of a Franklin High School counselor in Portland who went missing while sailing on the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast.
Hoang Minh Tran, a 58-year-old Clackamas resident, was reported lost at sea after he failed to return from a sailing trip on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The Coast Guard coordinated eight searches spanning 11 hours from a facility in Newport, with rescuers combing the sea by boat, helicopter and drone.
Tran's body was discovered by authorities around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, just a few hours after the search was called off.
Franklin Principal Chris Frazier said in a letter to the school community that Tran's death was "terrible news that impacts all of us."
Wooden debris from his family's vessel, the Kiwanda, had previously been recovered at Whale Cove about one mile south of Depoe Bay.
The Kiwanda was last sighted by a coastwatcher on land around 7 p.m. Saturday near Cape Foulweather.
Read the full letter from Franklin principal Chris Frazier here:
"This afternoon we received news from authorities, regarding Mr. Hoang Tran. It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Mr. Tran's body was recovered today, confirming our worst fears after he went missing off the Oregon coast Saturday. Mr. Tran's family has been notified.
This is terrible news that impacts all of us at Franklin and our district. Mr. Tran was a beloved member of our school community and in his role as school counselor supported a generation of Franklin students. He will be deeply missed at Franklin and throughout the larger community where he served in numerous roles; but was best known for his role as a passionate student and parent advocate. Mr. Tran worked with a servant's heart, always putting the needs of students first and his impact on our community will forever remain in our hearts.
We have worked with the district to provide a variety of supports to students and staff since yesterday, and those efforts will continue through this week and for as long as needed as we grieve."
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