Man dies after boat capsizes in Detroit Lake

He was not wearing a life jacket at the time

Detroit Lake is filled for the first time in years, May 1, 2017 (KOIN)
Detroit Lake is filled for the first time in years, May 1, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man died Wednesday after his boat capsized in Detroit Lake, Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Chester Correll, a 72-year-old Corvallis man, was fishing with his family when someone stood up, causing the 15-foot aluminum boat to partially capsize. The 3 people in the boat were thrown into the water.

Four off-duty firefighters were nearby and helped rescue the family, pulling the man from the water and performing CPR on him. He was flown via LifeFlight helicopter to Salem Hospital where he died.

The sheriff’s office said none of the people in the boat were wearing life jackets at the time. They said this is the third drowning in Marion County since the weather started to get warmer, and the second this week.

They released this warning to those going out on the water:

“Sadly the Sheriff’s Office believes all of these tragic deaths could have been prevented had life jackets been worn. With the warm weekend weather coming, the Sheriff’s Office is asking all of our residents and visitors to please use caution in open water, know your swimming ability and always wear a life jacket.