Fisherman drowns after falling overboard into Willamette River

Multnomah County

FILE (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fisherman is dead after falling overboard from a small fishing boat Saturday night in the Swan Island Lagoon, an inlet of the Willamette River, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency responders found 56-year-old Oscar De Wayne Mayes at around 6:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His dog was found on the shore and taken to an animal hospital for evaluation.

Witnesses told Sheriff’s Office officials that they saw Mayes lose his balance and fall into the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.

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