Local man drowns at reservoir
A Prineville man drowned in Ochoco Reservoir Sunday afternoon after a canoe with two occupants overturned.
Crook County deputies were dispatched to the reservoir shortly after 4 p.m., following a call that a canoe with two adult men had flipped over in the water. While deputies were en route, they were told both men were getting too tired to swim.
After deputies arrived, a subsequent investigation determined that prior to their arrival one of the men, 35-year-old Nathannael Robedeau, made it to shore and the other man, Christopher Callahan, 36, of Prineville, was seen going under the water and not resurfacing.
Robedeau was transported to St Charles Prineville by Crook County Fire and Rescue for treatment of hypothermia.
Authorities determined that both occupants of the canoe were not wearing life vests at the time that their canoe capsized but put them on after falling into the water. Multiple attempts were made to right the canoe, which was about 250 yards from the shore, but none were successful.
Both occupants swam toward shore, and according to witnesses on scene, Callahan initially had his life jacket on but took it off while trying to swim to shore. Witnesses said he appeared disoriented while swimming to shore, which is often associated with hypothermia. He then submerged and did not resurface.
A group of people in a private boat searched the area for Callahan shortly after the incident but were unable to locate him. The Oregon State Police later dispatched a boat to assist in the search for Callahan, but the search was suspended after nightfall. Authorities closed the scene Sunday night, and the search resumed in the morning with more resources being brought to the area to assist with the search.
Callahan's body was recovered around 10 a.m. Monday morning after the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue dive team, Crook County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue, and Oregon State Police searched the reservoir.
According to Crook County Undersheriff James Savage, Callahan's body was recovered not too far from where he was last seen in about 40-plus feet of water.
"This is a sad conclusion to this incident," Savage said. "We would like to remind those that enjoy our waters to please always wear your life jacket."