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Man, teenager drown while fishing on the Snake River

The pair were fishing in Oxbow Reservoir near Browleee Dam when they went under the water and did not resurface, officials said.
Brownlee Dam is one of three dams that make up the Hells Canyon Complex on the Idaho-Oregon border.

A man and a 14-year-old boy drowned while fishing in Oxbow Reservoir on the Snake River Monday morning, authoriries said.

According to the Baker County (Ore.) Sheriff's Office, the incident happened just before 11 a.m. Monday near Brownlee Dam, on the Idaho-Oregon border northwest of the town of Cambridge.

The father of the teenager called 911 and told authorities that his son and his friend had been walking in the water, fishing below the dam when they suddenly appeared to have difficulty and went under.

The man attempted to go into the water but was unable to reach the two victims. Neither was wearing a life jacket and neither resurfaced.

Deputies launched two boats and a jet ski and, at about 1 p.m., the bodies of the man and teen were located. Search and rescue divers then recovered the bodies.

The sheriff's office identified the drowning victims as 14-year-old Wyatt James Smith and 41-year-old Matthew Titus Kellogg.

"The Baker County Sheriff's Office would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the Smith and Kellogg families and express our gratitude to our partners that assisted in the recovery during this tragic incident," the sheriff's office said in a news release.

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