ALBANY An Albany man drowned Wednesday night in the North Santiam River in Scio, deputies said.

Just after 5 p.m., 53-year-old Steven Brunson was swimming off the Buell Miller boat ramp when he went under. A witness called 911 after he didn t resurface, said Kevin Guilford with the Linn County Sheriff s Office.

Responders from multiple agencies found Brunson s body around 7 p.m. in 12 feet of water about 50 feet from the boat ramp.

Deputies said alcohol was a contributing factor in the drowning. Foul play was not suspected.

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