SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Rescue workers flocked to Bellinger Landing County Park to save three people who fell in the McKenzie River on Saturday afternoon.
A Eugene man, his brother and his teenage son were canoeing on the river when their boat flipped over. Rescuers say the accident shows how dangerous the McKenzie rapids can be, and how important it is for visitors to be prepared for emergencies.
“They were wearing their life jackets, that’s what saved them,” said Deputy Sheriff Paul Vitus with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office. “The canoe was submerged and the rest of their property went down the river, but it’s just kind of a reminder to people to be aware of what’s ahead of you.”
None of the canoe’s occupants were injured in the accident.