Ring buoy

A U.S. Coast Guard rescuer throws a ring buoy in an attempt to get a man out of the Columbia River safely. 

A man was rescued Tuesday afternoon from the Columbia River in Astoria.

Authorities were dispatched just after 2 p.m. to a report that a man went into the water at the foot of Sixth Street. 

Officials said the man reported he was not in distress and was swimming. The man was known to the officers who were on scene to have a history of mental health issues.

Astoria police, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, the Knappa Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard responded and made efforts to coax the man out of the water. 

He initially evaded attempts to reach him and refused to come out of the water, but after over two hours of negotiations, he agreed to come out.

The man was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for medical and mental health evaluations.

(1) comment

Miller Sands

Was it the guy who owns the ferry???

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.