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Benton County Marine Deputies Perform Two Rescues on North Santiam River (Photo) - 07/14/14
On Saturday, July 12, 2014, BCSO Marine Deputies were on patrol on the North Santiam River, just upstream from the confluence of the South Santiam River. They went to the same log jam where, on June 7, 2014, they rescued several groups of people. After June 7, they cleared a portion of it, but not all of it due to its size and location.
At about 3:45 pm, on July 12, 2014, deputies saw a 19 year old female clinging to a log in the same log jam, after being ejected from her kayak. She was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). The deputies carefully navigated the boat near the female, put a PFD on her, and assisted her to the boat and then to shore uninjured.
At about 4:30 pm, a small group of people were floating towards the same obstruction. A seven year old girl was floating on an inner tube, wearing a PFD. The girl's father was floating on a separate inner tube. He was capsized by a different log jam and became stuck. The girl floated past him and in the direction of the same log jam. The deputies recognized that she was headed directly towards the large log jam and knew she would be washed directly into it and most certainly capsized. The deputies navigated the boat past the log jam and were able to safely push her out of the path of it. She avoided it and they picked her up unharmed. They picked the father up, who had abrasions and scratches.
The Sheriff's Office would like to remind the public to always wear a PFD when on the waterways and exercise extreme caution. People should be familiar with the water they are navigating and prepared for any emergencies. Navigating our rivers can become very dangerous very quickly and can result in tragedy.