BEND, OR -- A Bend man is presumed dead after his canoe overturned at Wickiup Reservoir, early Thursday morning. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, two men were disperse camping near the Davis arm of the reservoir. They were in the canoe with a dog, when it overturned at about 2 a.m.
A 24-year-old man and dog made it to shore; the 29-year-old did not. Because his cell phone and vehicle keys were in the canoe at the time it tipped, the survivor had no way to call or drive for help, according to DCSO, and he waited in camp. Just after 9 a.m., he discovered an out-of-service cell phone in his friend's camp items and called 911. A DCSO drone responded and a dive team located gear from the boat on the lake floor, in about 20 feet of water; but the victim was not found. The search for his body continues Friday; his identity has not been released.
Neither man was wearing a lifejacket and alcohol is believed to have contributed to the incident.