Fisherman drowns after chasing pole into Columbia River

Fisherman drowns after chasing pole into Columbia River
Boaters pulled a fisherman from the Columbia River near Chinook Landing Tuesday afternoon. The man was declared dead at a hospital. (KATU Photo)

GRESHAM, Ore. – A fisherman pulled from the Columbia River Tuesday afternoon died at a hospital, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said.

A boater pulled the unconscious man from the river after he lost a fishing pole and went into the water after it.

Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said two fishermen were fishing on the east end of Lady Island when 60-year-old John Eugene Deranleau of Portland lost his pole and went into the water. It appeared he was not wearing a life jacket, Alexander said.

The other fisherman was unable to get Deranleau back into the boat, but another boater nearby saw what was happening and helped pull Deranleau into their boat. They took him to Chinook Landing and called 911 for help, according to Alexander.

Deranleau was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.