Fire Rescue personnel are enroute to a report of a man that is off into Siletz Bay, fully clothed and stumbling. He is reported to be up to his chest in the water, falling occasionally, becoming submerged.
Arriving police officer jumps in the bay and pulls the man to shore. Man is having a medical issue.
Update from Lincoln City Police 3:12pm
Lincoln City Police Sergeant Mike Leake says that the incident began shortly after 1pm, Sunday afternoon, on a report that a fully clothed elderly man had wandered off into Siltez Bay at the foot of Southwest Harbor Avenue in Cutler City. The caller to 9-1-1 said the man had fallen and was submerged at one point.
Senior Officer Craig Grabenhorst arrived on scene within minutes and spotted the man about 100 feet out into the bay. He said he saw William Upjohn of Lincoln City chest deep in the water, trying to make it back to shore, but due to the mud, he was having a difficult time making any progress. Sergeant Leake said Officer Grabenhorst called for a water rescue team to respond but within moments of making the call Mr. Upjohn began falling again, becoming submerged. Fearing for Mr. Upjohn’s safety, Officer Grabenhorst jumped in the water and worked his way out to Mr. Upjohn, grabbed him, and pulled him back to shore.
An awaiting ambulance transported Mr. Upjohn to North Lincoln Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia. Officer Grabenhorst said Mr. Upjohn had become despondent over health issues and had waded out into the bay. But after about an hour in the chilly waters, he turned back, but was not able to make it back to shore because of hypothermia.
A big community salute to Officer Grabenhorst for acting quickly to save Mr. Upjohn.