Clackamas fisherman drowns in Santiam river
Another fisherman swims to safety
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A man fishing the Santiam River drowned on Saturday after he and another fisherman fell from a 15-foot aluminum boat.
Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the convergence area of the Santiam and Willamette rivers around 2 p.m. after one of the men on the boat called 911. He told dispatchers he was safely ashore, but his partner was missing. .
Before the emergency teams arrived, a kayaker located the missing fisherman and brought him ashore. Neither the kayaker nor the emergency teams were able to resuscitate the man. He was eventually taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The victim has been identified as Gary Schweitzer from Clackamas. MPs said neither Schweitzer, 64, nor the other man was wearing life jackets when the boat fell.
The MCSO said no one else involved in the incident was injured.