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Boy, 13, rescued after sinking to chest in lakeshore mud


March 29, 2016

FIREFIGHTERS work to free 13-year-old Kolby Keenon after he sank into the mud below the Calkins boat ramp on Tuesday, March 22.

Sweet Home firefighters rescued a 13-year-old boy who was stuck chest-deep in the mud at Calkins Park, where the South Santiam River flows into the Foster Reservoir.

The boy, Kolby Keenon of Sweet Home, was stuck in extremely unstable mud about 100 feet from shore.

Firefighters responded at approximately 12:50 p.m. on March 22.

“Basically, we had to make some some makeshift platforms to get him out,” said paramedic-firefighter Josh Starha, the first medic on the scene. Trying to get out to Keenon, “I was sinking myself.”

He called the station for more backboards to create a mak...

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