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Kayaker is killed in an incident involving Buena Vista Ferry

A kayaker died Thursday afternoon in an incident involving the Buena Vista Ferry on the Willamette River north of Albany, according to Polk Fire District No. 1

The fire department said crews responded to a water rescue at the ferry, “where one person was confirmed dead while kayaking near the ferry on the Willamette River,” the agency said in a Facebook post.

“Polk Fire is currently working with Jefferson Fire District, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Linn County Dive Team on scene,” it added.

Scanner traffic and social media posts at the scene showed that two kayaks were near the ferry and one of them collided with it and went under the boat.

Multiple search and rescue vessels responded to the search for the missing kayaker.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Zach Urness has been an outdoors reporter in Oregon for 16 years and hosts the Explore Oregon Podcast. To support his work, subscribe to the Statesman Journal. He can be reached at zurness@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 399-6801. Find him on Twitter at @ZachsORoutdoors.

This article originally appeared in Salem Statesman Journal: Kayaker dies in incident involving Buena Vista Ferry

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