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Neither the victim or another person who fell into the river from a boat were wearing life jackets.

COURTESY MCSO - Rescue vehicles dispatched to the Santian River on Saturday, Oct. 31.A Clackamas man drowned in the Santiam River on Saturday.

The victim was identified as Gary Schweitzer, 64.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 2:07 p.m. on Oct. 31, deputies were dispatched to a water rescue on the Santiam River near the confluence with the Willamette River. The caller reported both he and another person had fallen into the river off a 15-foot aluminum boat while fishing. The caller told dispatchers he was able to make it to shore safely, but the other person from the boat was still unaccounted for.

Prior to emergency crews arriving on scene, kayakers located the missing person in the water and were able to bring him to shore. The kayakers began to administer CPR to the victim in an attempt to resuscitate him. An ambulance from the Jefferson Fire District transported the patient to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Deputies investigating the incident determined neither person in the boat was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. The Sheriff's Office was assisted during its response by the Jefferson Fire District, Salem Fire Department and Albany Fire Department.


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