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Water Related Incident

Posted: 06/08/2020

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 20005960

Date Reported: 06/07/2020 at 1015 hours

Incident: Water Related Incident

Location: Lake Ida

Case Details:

On 06/07/2020 at approximately 10:15 hours Douglas County Dispatch received a 911 call, reporting 2 men had been thrown from their boat into Lake Ida near Stoney Point. It was reported the boat was still in motion, circling nearby.

Douglas County Deputies and Water Patrol responded to that location. While enroute, it was advised that both parties were rescued from the water by another boater and the boat was still spinning unattended. Deputies arrived and located the spinning boat. The boat was disable using a towed rope technique to stop the prop on the motor.

Initial investigation found the operator, Ethan Sigler, 18 (Cottage Grove) and his passenger, Conner Sigler, 21 (Cottage Grove) were traveling south on Lake Ida, north of Stoney Point where they had been fishing. Their 14ft. aluminum boat took a large wave, causing the boat to suddenly change direction and throwing both parties into the water. The boats 15hp tiller motor continued to operate causing the boat to spin in a tight circle. A nearby boater, Wade Simonette, 43 (Henderson) saw the incident and pulled both parties out of the water. It was discovered life jackets were in the boat but were not worn and the tether to the motors kill switch was not used.

No one was injured in the incident. Strong SE winds (20-25mph) and high waves were a factor in this incident. The boat was towed back to shore.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone to be safe on the water. To use life jackets and safety equipment, like engine tether cords while operating a boat, especially in rough water, and to check local forecasts for changes in weather.

Officer: Deputy Dustin Alexander, #211

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