DETROIT LAKE, Ore. – A man who suffered life-threatening injuries after the boat he was on capsized in Detroit Lake Wednesday afternoon has died at the hospital.
Chester Correll, 72, of Corvallis, was fishing with two family members when the 15-foot aluminum boat they were in tipped over at around 12:30 p.m. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said a person standing caused the boat to capsize.
Correll and his two family members were forced into the water, none of them wearing life jackets, according to Lt. Chris Baldridge with the sheriff’s office.
Nearby boaters, as well as off-duty firefighters, saw the commotion and came to the aid of the displaced boaters. Correll's family members were able to get on the boat under their own power but Correll had to be pulled from the water.
A firefighter performed CPR on Correll until he could be flown by medical helicopter to Salem Hospital, where he died Wednesday night.
The sheriff's office urges anyone in open water to wear a life jacket.