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Madras father, son die in drowning accident

by: Photo By Holly Gill - Sheriff's marine patrol personnel searched for the body of Gene Harris at Lake Billy Chinook on Aug. 6.

A tragic accident on Lake Billy Chinook Thursday, Aug. 6, took the lives of a Madras father and son, Mark Harris, 37, and Gene Harris, 73, who were boating and skiing at the lake.
   According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, Mark Harris, who was water skiing, died from a major head injury after possibly being hit by their boat or his own ski. His father Gene Harris then jumped in the water to rescue his son, but drowned in the attempt, according to a witness' account.
   Mark Harris' body was recovered, but search and rescue personnel are still searching for the body of Gene Harris. A sonar device from Klamath County was scheduled to arrive Friday, Aug. 7, to aid in the search. The Harrises were well-known area farmers.
   Full details will appear in the next edition of the Madras Pioneer.