Bulletin Staff Report

Search efforts are continuing for a 29-year-old Bend man who officials believe drowned at Wickiup Reservoir early Thursday morning.

Investigators believe that the man, who has not been identified, was on the Davis arm of the reservoir with another Bend man around 2 a.m. when their canoe overturned. The other man, 24, and a dog that was also on the boat were able to swim to shore.

The surviving man was not able to get a call out to 911 until 9 a.m. due to the isolated location, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. Neither man was wearing a lifejacket when the canoe tipped, and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in this incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Names can be released once next of kin has been notified.

The dive team has located the gear from the boat on the lake floor. The search team continued into the evening.

Wickiup, located 60 miles southwest of Bend, is the second-largest reservoir in Oregon. It is a popular place for boating and fishing and has an average depth of just 20 feet, although the lake can reach 70 feet deep in some areas.

In August 2011, divers recovered the body of a 55-year-old drowning victim, Michael “Dana” Edmunds, who died during a fishing and camping trip.

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