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State Trooper and Fisherman Rescue Man in Deschutes River
08/12/2008
Sergeant John Katzenstein
Fish & Wildlife Division - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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A Redmond, Washington man was rescued Tuesday after he was thrown from his boat into the Deschutes River about five miles upstream from the Columbia River.
 
On the afternoon of August 12, 2008, ROBERT "WAYNE" SCHIFFMAN, age 58, from Redmond, Washington, was attempting to negotiate Colorado Rapids on the Deschutes River approximately 5 miles upstream from the Columbia River when he was hit by a large wave and thrown from his boat. SCHIFFMAN, who was not wearing a life jacket, was washed downstream, quickly became exhausted and was not able to reach the river bank.
 
A nearby angler, Arnold Kramer from Keizer, heard SCHIFFMAN's calls for help. Kramer was able to wade out and grab SCHIFFMAN, keeping his head above water and preventing him from being washed further downstream. However, Kramer was unable to bring SCHIFFMAN, who by now was completely exhausted, to the bank of the river due to the swift current.
 
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division Senior Trooper Les Kipper and State Police volunteer Jack Lefond were conducting a boat patrol on the Deschutes River in a Department jet boat.  Senior Trooper Kipper and Lefond were alerted to the emergency by Kramer calling for help.
 
Senior Trooper Kipper got out of his boat and was able to put a life jacket on SCHIFFMAN then pulled him to the river bank.
 
A nearby fishing guide, Bob Towman, assisted Senior Trooper Kipper by transporting SCHIFFMAN in his boat to Heritage Landing boat launch near the mouth of the Deschutes River.
 
SCHIFFMAN was met by personnel from Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue at the boat launch  He was transported to Mid Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles where he was treated and released.