On Monday, August 14th, 2017 at approximately 3:45 pm Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies responded
to a report of a swimmer in distress in the Trinity River. It was reported by family members that 64-year-old
Stanley Capoeman was swimming near the Red Rock/ Hostler Field area when he suddenly yelled for
help and was swept downstream.
A search of the area was conducted, and with the assistance of a US Coast Guard helicopter, Capoeman
was located several hundred yards downstream at approximately 5:00 pm. Tragically, when rescuers arrived
at Capoeman’s location they found him to be deceased from apparent accidental drowning. The Humboldt
County Coroner’s Office responded and took over the investigation.
Stanley Capoeman was from Taholah Washington and was visiting family in Hoopa where he had once lived.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that the Trinity River is known for having
very cold and swift waters, with unpredictable and dangerous currents; and to please use caution when
swimming and wading in the Trinity River waterways.
Sheriff W. Honsal