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A popular figure at Franklin High School loved boating, and died in an accident off the coast

COURTESY OF KOIN-TV-6 - This family photo shows Hoang Minh Tran - a Franklin High counselor who perished in an apparent coastal boating accident, on the last weekend of September.Coast Guard authorities recovered the body of a Franklin High School counselor who lived in Clackamas County, and who went missing while sailing on the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon Coast on the last weekend in September.

Hoang Minh Tran, 58, was reported lost at sea after he failed to return from a sailing trip on Saturday, September 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.

Wooden debris from his family's vessel, the Kiwanda, was recovered at Whale Cove, about one mile south of Depoe Bay.

The Kiwanda had last been sighted by a coast-watcher on land around 7 p.m. Saturday, near Cape Foulweather.

Tran's body was discovered by authorities around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, just a few hours after the extensive search was called off.

Franklin High Principal Chris Frazier said in a letter to his school's community that Tran's death was "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 he 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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