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Fisherman drowns by Chinook Landing

A man who dove from his boat into the Columbia River to recover a sinking fishing pole died Tuesday, June 18, in Fairview after rescuers pulled him ashore unconscious and attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

John Eugene Deranleau, 60, of Portland was on a fishing trip with a friend that afternoon.

The two men had launched Deranleau’s boat at about 11 a.m. from the Chinook Landing Marine Park on the Columbia River, according to a report by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s River Patrol.

The friends were fishing off the east end of Lady Island when Deranleau lost his fishing pole over the side of the boat and without a life jacket jumped in after it.

The friend still in the boat, Rothwell Mailgo of Vancouver, Wash., told police he saw Deranleau struggling in the water and tried to maneuver the boat around to get him.

By the time he was able to get the boat turned around, it was too late.

Mailgo saw his friend floating face down and unconscious in the water.

Mailgo tried to lift Deranleau back into the boat, but was unable to.

Another boat nearby saw the man’s fleeting efforts and pulled over to help.

Those who arrived to help placed Deranleau on the swim step of their boat and took him back to the Chinook Landing boat launch as one of them called 9-1-1.

River patrol arrived at the scene at 12:43 p.m., as did a medical team.

Gresham Fire and Fairview Police personnel also responded to the call.

Medics began CPR on Deranleau, who was unconscious and was not breathing.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



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