10:00 AM August 17, 2012
A Vancouver man drowned Wednesday afternoon when the vessel he was riding in made a sharp turn and ejected both he and his brother into the water. Grant Kelly, 49, was pronounced dead at the Swift Forest Camp boat ramp after CPR efforts failed to revive him. The incident happened on Swift Reservoir, on the upper Lewis River, about 18 miles east of Cougar, WA.
Kelly and his brother, Vincent, also of Vancouver, had spent the day fishing and were returning to the boat ramp when the incident occurred. Life preservers were not being utilized at the time, although they were on board the 14 foot vessel powered by a 35hp outboard motor.
“We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a personal flotation device while recreating on our waterways” stated Sergeant Jay Johnston. “Water temperatures, especially at the higher elevations, are still low enough that the onset of hypothermia can be as little as 10 minutes. Without a personal flotation device being utilized, the chance of survival drops dramatically.”
The incident is under investigation by the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
Witness contact information: Jim Watkins 503-869-6099 states is ok for media to contact him.
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