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Deputies recover body of man who drowned in Multnomah Channel

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Columbia County, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man drowned after he fell overboard during a fishing outing in the Multnomah Channel near Coon Island. 

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said the call came in just before 4 a.m. Sunday reporting a “man overboard.” 

With help of the Scappoose Fire Marine Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard, deputies found the body of 49-year-old Erik Peterson just before 5:30 a.m. Peterson was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Deputies say Peterson was on a fishing trip with two friends and one of their children. The group had set out from Waverly Marina in Portland Saturday afternoon and traveled up the Multnomah Channel to the Coon Island Docks, where they anchored Saturday night. They spent the night on boat to get an early start to fishing Sunday morning. 

The plan was for Peterson to wake up at about 4 a.m. and get the poles and fishing gear set up. Peterson’s friends reported hearing what sounded like someone falling on the boat and then a splash.  

They both went to the back of the boat where they saw they Peterson had fallen into the water.  They tried to throw him life vests and a throw device but then lost sight of him and then called 911. 

Deputies say the incident remains under investigation. 

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