A report of a man drowning at Crestview Golf Club in Waldport on Sunday, July 26, was investigated by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded to the golf course, located at 1680 S Crestline Drive, at around 2:30 p.m. The initial report advised the drowning occurred in a water reservoir on the west side of the course, near hole number four.
Upon arrival, deputies contacted members of Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue, who advised the victim, later identified as Kazunori Bessho, was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
A group of golfers on the third hole of the course advised that Bessho was last observed standing near the water’s edge in the area of the green on the fourth hole. As the group moved up to the fourth hole, they observed a golf cart near the green, however, Bessho was not in sight. When the group moved up to check on him, they found him floating face down in the reservoir.
Bessho was reported to be golfing by himself at the time of the incident. The cause of his death remains under investigation.