Sunday, July 16, 2017

Deputies Recover Drowning Victim from Multnomah Channel


News Release from Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: July 16th, 2017 4:23 PM
This morning Columbia County Sheriff's deputies recovered the body of a Portland man who had fallen overboard during a fishing outing in the Multnomah Channel near Coon Island.

Deputies responded to the marine call after a 911 call was placed at 0357 hours, reporting a "man overboard." Deputies arrived in the area around 0455 hours and were assisted by the Scappoose Fire Marine Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard. With the help of a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter, Deputies located the body of Erik Peterson, 49, Portland and pulled him aboard their vessel at 0523 hours. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene, the victim of apparent drowning. Portland Police assisted with the death notification to next of kin.

Details of the investigation:
Mr. Peterson with two friends and a ten year old juvenile (Child of one of the friends) had planned a fishing trip and set out from Waverly Marina in Portland yesterday afternoon by boat and traveled up the Multnomah Channel to the Coon Island Docks where they anchored up last night around 2130 hours and spent the night on the boat to get an early start to fishing this morning. The plan was that Mr. Peterson was going to get up around 0400 hours and get all the poles and fishing gear set up and then they were going to fishing. Just prior to the 911 call they reported that they heard what sounded like someone falling on the boat and then a splash. They both went to the back of the boat where they observed Mr. Peterson had fell into the water. They attempted to throw him life vests and a throw device and then lost sight of him. They then called 911 for assistance.

The matter remains under investigation.
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