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Search Continues for Billy Chinook Drowning Victim

CULVER, OR -- Jefferson County authorities searched through the weekend for a man presumed drowned at Lake Billy Chinook. It was the second apparent drowning in as many days in Central Oregon. 

 

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, a man jumped from the top deck of a pontoon boat, at about 4:20 p.m. Friday. Witnesses say his head struck a railing on the way into the water and he sank out of sight. 


His friends searched the area, along with Jefferson County deputies and a Search and Rescue team from Deschutes County, but his body has not been recovered. 

 

His name has not been released, pending next of kin notification. 

 

UPDATE: (12:00 p.m.) The Jefferson County Sheriff tells KBND News the victim has been identified as 52-year-old Patricio Pineda, from Oregon City. He went into the water in an area that's about 275' deep. JCSO marine patrols continue, and Sheriff Jim Adkins says he's requested help from outside agencies with specialized equipment. 

 

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