A man floating the river on Sunday evening traveled through the Colorado Avenue Dam spillway, but survived and was able to get out of the river on his own.
According to Bend Police Sgt. Jason Maniscalco, police and the Bend Fire Department received a call at 6:12 p.m. that a middle-aged man had gone through the spillway. By the time law enforcement arrived, he had been able to reach the shore.
“It looks like he missed the exit,” Maniscalco said.
Maniscalco said alcohol was a factor in the incident, although the man, who was not identified, was not cited. It is illegal to consume alcohol on the Deschutes River in Bend.
“I think it’s pretty clear at this point,” Maniscalco said. “You need to watch for your exit, and if you’re going to float, don’t drink too much.”
— Bulletin staff report