Two people motored out the mouth of the Salmon River this morning. Only one of them survived the trip.
According to reports from the scene two adults in a small, 14 foot aluminum boat ventured out into 8 to 12 foot swells. Such a small boat is no match for such high waves. A set of big waves shoved them up against rocks near the mouth of the river. The impact split the boat, tossing 68 year old James E. Thompson, of Lincoln City, into the cold waters – the other occupant, a 45 year old woman, Elaine Harskjold of Lincoln City scrambled onto one of the rocks.
Reports from the scene indicated that North Lincoln Fire jet ski rescuers found Thompson unresponsive in the water. They raced him to shore where paramedics tried to revive him. Thompson was later pronounced deceased. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard helo hoisted Harskjold off the rocks and flew her to North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City where she was treated for minor injuries and then later released.
In a darkly ironic twist, Thompson’s older brother, Gary Thompson, drowned in a similar type accident near the same rocks nearly 30 years ago.
Reports say a boat split open near the mouth of Salmon River. North Lincoln Fire has launched rescuers on jet skis – now enroute to the accident scene. Victims in the water.
Report say one victim has been loaded aboard a jet ski – enroute to an ambulance. Victim is said to be unresponsive. Another victim is marooned on some rocks. He’s wearing a life-jacket. Unknown if there is anyone else in the water.
Coast Guard helo is overhead assessing the situation.
First victim is now on shore being assessed by paramedics.
Rescuers pretty sure there were only two victims.
Coast Guard helo has lifted the second victim off the rocks and is now enroute to North Lincoln Hospital to be checked out.