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Couple rescued at Detroit Lake after capsizing 12-foot fishing boat

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Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office
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DETROIT LAKE, OR (KPTV) -

A man and woman were rescued at Detroit Lake after capsizing their 12-foot aluminum fishing boat.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Unit responded to the Big Cliff Reservoir at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

Investigators said Alan Fuson, 60, and his wife Annette Fuson, 53, of Aumsville, were tossed into the cold water when Alan Fuson attempted to stand up in the boat shortly after launching into the water.

A passerby saw the overturned boat and came to the couple's aid, saying they were struggling to swim to shore.

The witness called 911 and the first arriving crews found the Fusons still in the water near the south shoreline on the opposite side of Highway 22.

The Marine Patrol Unit was unable to launch a motorboat into the reservoir due to a lack of access for full-sized watercraft, so deputies used a kayak provided by a boater to row out to the Fusons.

By that time, they had managed to climb out of the water and onto the steep bank.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene and assisted in rescuing the couple. Their overturned boat was also retrieved.

Alan Fuson was issued a ticket for not wearing a life jacket, which is required on all vessels, according to deputies.

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