Woman Drowns While Paddleboarding in Oregon
A woman drowned yesterday after falling off her standup paddleboard into the waters surrounding Sauvie Island in northern Oregon. Officials have not yet released her name.
According to local news reports, the woman, assumed to be in her 20s, was seen struggling to swim after falling off her board around 4:20pm near Collins Beach. The victim was apparently separated from her board by the strong currents.
She was not wearing a PFD or leash at the time of the accident.
Witnesses said that a rescue boat spotted the paddler and was headed toward her as she struggled to stay above water. Unfortunately, just prior to rescuers reaching the victim, she disappeared into the river.
Bystanders and rescuers desperately attempted to locate the woman after she vanished, including a man who was on a date with the victim at the time of the accident. By the time darkness fell, there was still no sign of her.
While it was a warm day, the witnesses report that the water conditions were dangerous for beginners, with cold temperatures and strong currents.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.