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Fisherman drowns trying to retrieve pole dropped in river

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A fisherman drowned Tuesday in the Columbia River after diving into the water from his boat to try and retrieve his fishing pole.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said the man, who has not yet been identified, went on a fishing trip at 11 a.m. Tuesday with another man starting at the Chinook Landing boat launch.

They were fishing off the east end of Lady Island when one man lost his pole in the water. Deputies said he dove in after it, but he was not wearing a lifejacket.

The man began to struggle in the water. The other fisherman tried to maneuver the boat over to get him, but by the time he was able to turn around, the man was floating face down in the water.

The fisherman in the boat was unable to lift him out of the water. Another boater nearby pulled over to help out and managed to get the man onto the swim step of his boat.

They took the man back to the boat launch area and called 911.

Emergency responders said the man was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived. They attempted life-saving efforts and took him to the hospital, but they were not able to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Just one day earlier, a Sherwood man was killed trying to save his dog from the Clackamas River near High Rocks Park.

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