Search and rescue rescues father and son who flipped kayak on Willamette River

Lane County Search and Rescue said the father and son who flipped their kayak on the Willamette River were not wearing life jackets. (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. – A 14-year-old boy and his father flipped their two-person kayak in the Willamette River Sunday afternoon, Lane County Search and Rescue said.

Search and rescue responded to Alton Baker Park at 3:48 p.m. for a report of an overturned kayak and two people in the water.

Investigators believe a bed of rocks caused the kayak to flip.

The father eventually reached a riverbank downstream. The 14-year-old boy managed to find safety on an island until Lane County Search and Rescue used a boat to bring the boy to land.

Officials said neither the father nor the son were wearing life jackets.

“Anytime you’re going out on the water, our rivers are still high and they are a place that can be fun to recreate, but it’s not always a safe place,” said Tim Chase from Lane County Search and Rescue. “There are a lot of hazards out there. If you’re not paying attention to what is downstream, things can go wrong really quickly.”

Chase said this serves as a reminder to always wear life jackets.

He said no one was injured in this incident.

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