Fishermen Death – The Baker County Sheriff’s Office have released the identity of two people who drowned in the Hood River on Monday, July 27 while fishing as 14-year-old Wyatt James Smith, and 41-year-old Matthew Titus Kellogg.
According to the reports, Smith waded into the water on the banks of Oxbow Reservoir at the eastern edge of the county, he stepped into a steep and drowned. His fishing partner, Kellogg in an attempt to save him jumped into the water and also drowned.
Their bodies were found by the Baker County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue dive team in about 10 feet underwater, says Ashley McClay, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman on Tuesday.
People are advised to wear life jackets, even while fishing from the shores of the Snake River or its reservoirs, says McClay.
The drop-off at the water’s edge can be extremely steep, she said.