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Old 12-28-2006, 04:14 PM   #1
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Jim's raft apparently flipped today on the North Fork Nehalem. They're looking for him now...raft was found upside down...apparently a new tree down...don't know any more details yet...

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Old 12-28-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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Dang...... Please, let them find Jim OK.
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That's terrible. I hate hearing that news. I hope and pray that there will be some good news today.

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I really cant take this right now. When is 2006 going to be over with?

Jim, we really love you, wherever you might be.

We really, really love you.

I just hope he's huddled up on the bank, somewhere. Erickson... cut this out, man. You are killing us.

Here's one of those "famous" hugs you used to always ask for. How I wish I could give you one, right now.

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Old 12-28-2006, 04:44 PM   #6
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for good news and soon!

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Old 12-28-2006, 04:46 PM   #7
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We fished the NF and as we were leaving this afternoon around 4 there was quite a bunch of sheriffs staging at the hatchery, they had a few rafts and looked like they were going to be doing a rescue.
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:49 PM   #8
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Man, this is bad news this man is the king of the N.F.
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:52 PM   #9
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I do not know any more than what has been said. I will post as soon as I know more. I have had several emails asking. The last word I got, it did not look good, but damm that Jim, you never know. He might be seating on the bank some where trying to decide what kind of a story to tell us. You can bet it will be a g ood one. If he does not make it, you can bet he will have a hell of a story to tell St. Peter at the golden gates. Were with you Jim.
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Old 12-28-2006, 04:54 PM   #10
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I dont know the guy but oh I hope all is ok! What a terrible thing to happen on a fun fishing trip.

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Old 12-28-2006, 05:00 PM   #11
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how far down was he when he flipped ?? that area is very accesible at least and I would think a watter escue would be very fast..I really hope all is ok and we just havent heard hopefully he is sitting some place warm drinking some coffee talking about one heck of a story. he is a great guy and hopefully someone will post soon to tell us all is well.. I'll be waiting with the rest of you......
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:09 PM   #12
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Search has been called off for tonight, will start again in the Morning. JD
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:15 PM   #14
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This is sad news,only met Jim once but he was a pleasure to chat with that day.
My Prayers go out to him and his family.

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Search has been called off for tonight, will start again in the Morning. JD
Doesn't sound good... It has been a terrible fall winter with boating, and outdoor tragedy's

If the MAN is listening...Please...This is one of the Good ones!!!....prayers go out to his family and friends.
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that is not good at all........
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:21 PM   #17
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I seen Jim today as he left the hatchery and said hi. There was one other person in the raft with him when they passed me. He is a legend
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:33 PM   #18
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The guy with Jim, made it to shore and is ok.
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:33 PM   #19
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I don't personally know Jim, but he shares the same love of the outdoors as we all do. Praying for his safe return and those in the raft with him

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I sure hope he was wearing a life jacket. How far down the river was he? Would it help if we went and helped look for him?
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:07 PM   #21
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This is serious bad news and I hope and pray that Jim is found safe, wet and somewhat cranky...............

Sincerly hope he is alive and well............ I think he is just too onery to not survive and tell us about the fish he caught while waiting for a ride down the creek.

No matter what happens when my time comes I hope I go out on my favorite river doing what I enjoy most.

I am not a very religious person, but tonight I will say a prayer.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:09 PM   #22
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I to was on the NFN today. I saw Jim float by about 10 am. I told him to have a great day. He said were going to. That the last I word he said to me. Jim's been floating that river for many years now.

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Old 12-28-2006, 06:26 PM   #23
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He might be seating on the bank some where trying to decide what kind of a story to tell us. You can bet it will be a good one. If he does not make it, you can bet he will have a hell of a story to tell St. Peter at the golden gates.
Jerry is exactly right on this one. St. Peter better have a pot of coffee ready if Jim shows up there because it will be a long night!

If anyone can make it out of that river, it is Jim. He know just about every rock in that river and has even helped a few through Jim's "inconvenient rock relocation program" which is similar to his work at cultivating the streamside trees and vegetation.

We're rooting for you Jim. He's probabliy lashing some logs together so that he can finish the drift and get first water in the morning.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:37 PM   #24
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Flipping your boat is a very unfortunate event.

Jim, as President of the North Fork Nehalem chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders, is one of our valued members and a survivor.

We ask all of you to please be safe on your angling adventures and we look forward to sitting at the table with Jim once again.
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Old 12-28-2006, 06:45 PM   #25
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If anyone can survive this, it's Jim. We look forward to hearing good news tomorrow..
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:05 PM   #26
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Jim,

We are both casting a long prayer line for you over here.


Even at just 8 yrs old, my daughter understands fully that finishing your life out, doing what you love, where you love, is so very important.

Here is a link to an April 2000 story by Bill Monroe

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I don't know Jim, but with all of these great things everyone has to say about him it sounds like he is a heck of a wonderful guy. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family tonight.

I hope he is found safe.
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Old 12-28-2006, 07:59 PM   #29
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The following is something from Jennies online journal from Jan 7th, 2003.
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"Toot Toot!" We heard from Jim, and I know, from fishing with Jim, that this means get in the dang boat, and get in, in a hurry!
The throat of the North Fork Nehalem river looked a little daunting, but mysteriously beautiful and inviting. If you have ever been on the ride, "Pirates of the Caribbean", at Disney Land, it's kind of like that!
With all of the river's danger and excitement, it's also holds a peace and tranquility unmatched by other river systems. Perhaps it's because of the extreme opposites of its character. One minute it's smooth and flat. You have to push the raft to get through, at other places, it's a mountain of white water, descending way, way too steep!
The sign at the put in says, "Expert boaters only, Extremely dangerous drift". OKAY! I have an expert boater behind the oars. Let's go!

Right after the put in, the traditional "tackle grab" takes place. A wire that crosses the river holds many lures, spinners, corkies of every color, and.... HOOKS! It's not recommended to be so foolish, but Bill and I grab for a couple loose slinkies and a bobber. Who really needs these? We don't, but something about escaping the danger of hooking ourselves, coupled with retrieving what other bank anglers have no access to... well, we couldn't resist!
Off we went, new slinkies in pocket, and down past the falls.
Now, imagine this... A small raft, three people, and two rods each. Youza, we have a recipe for disaster! But no, we manage to keep them all separate. In fact, I'd rather have three rods! We left our plug rods in the car, since we all really know how to drift, and jig fish. It's much more interesting.
We stopped at a very beautiful and calm place in the river, just around the falls, and placed a couple casts. No luck, but the deep current, and the sun glistening on the water was too much to pass up.

"Toot Toot!" and off we went.
Right before Milton's house, we were running a narrow shoot. Bill cast his jig in the precise place he had seen Milton Fisher hook a big steelie on a fly.
"Oh no!" He thought he had snagged up. "Oh yes! It's a fish!" Excitement and a bit of panic ensued as we realized we had no where to bank the raft! The current poured through this narrow canyon and Bill and the fish were on their own! We managed to turn the boat, go down backwards, and finally land the raft, and the fish in a quiet backwater eddy.

The fish wasn't table fare, but quite a large steelhead that had been in the system for probably 3 or 4 weeks. We carefully released the jig from his upper lip.
We stuck there for a while, as Jim hooked yet another steelhead at Milton's place, and then "Toot Toot!" We are off!
Sometimes I wonder if it's only me.
The knowledge that the Tank hole, the Jack, the Queen and the King lie downstream, and that we must navigate it sooner or later, rushes me through the trip.
I sound like a child as I repeatedly ask, "How close are we?" The thing is, I know it as well as they do! I think I ask merely because I want to check Jim's mood about navigating these holes. Does he sound more nervous at these higher river levels, or less?
As many years as Jim has run this piece of water, the respect for the dangers of this river are clear by the seriousness in his voice.
To hear Jim tell us to put on our life jackets half makes us giggle, and half prepares us for what we know can be a life threatening event.
Jim says to wear our life jackets? Wha???
"Yip, put em on!"
Yikes! It's time!
As we slide over the tank hole, I get a taste for what the water to come will be like. Water rushing over our laps, we stare down into the frothy, white water that could easily engulf the raft, if not maneuvered exactly on target.
Here comes the jack. As we pause ever so slightly, I glance down to see the toilet bowl from hell. It seems the raft pauses too long. I don't want to look any longer, but I'm forced to gaze. In slow motion, we fall, for what seems like an eternity, and then it's over.
Or is it? NO! The Queen... the King! Oh my!
Bill predicts the Queen to be the worst at this water level, and Jim, the King. I'm repeatedly asking Bill, "When? When? When?"
He's gripping the bottom of the seat and I decide to follow suit.
"Don't move an inch" Jim warns.
"Don't worry! I'm frozen, stiff, Jim!"
Bill did move an inch, against Jim's advice, and braces his foot at the bow of the raft. I decide that's a good idea too, when I see the drop. We moved! We moved an inch! Will this kill us?
Jim began singing, "Oh, I wish I were in the land of Dixie!" I took up the tune at three octaves higher, as a wave of water washed over our laps, and sang, "Look away! Look away!"
And with that, we were back on flat water.
"What a rush!" I screamed.
Bill looked at me, and told me he found it annoying, and that he wasn't much into rushes anymore.
I am!
I'm glad I went. As I left yesterday, to go fishing, I knew I had a cold. I knew I had tons to do, errands to run, and business to tend to.
Instead, I ran away to the North Fork with Jim Erickson, and I am glad I did.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:01 PM   #30
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This is horrible news........ Only a guy like Jim could pull this off.
I had the honor of meeting him in the 80's and have respected him greatly ever since.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:08 PM   #31
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Sad news indeed. I will say a prayer tonight for his safe return.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:11 PM   #32
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Ironically, Fishing the West will be re-airing the episode featuring Jim from 1993 on December 31st.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:12 PM   #33
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I do not know him but he sounds like a great guy We hop for the best.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:13 PM   #34
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:55 PM   #35
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I have been watching this thread off and on for close to 5 hours hoping it isn't true and it will go away.

I'm sitting here in my office looking at a hand sketched Jim Erickson map of the river he loved. Each hole numbered in the Erickson system as to how productive the water is and where to fish it. A personal treasure !

Toot Toot !

God be with you tonight Jim.
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Old 12-28-2006, 08:56 PM   #36
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It seems he may have found repose in his element.
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:13 PM   #37
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Has anybody heard a update*
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:17 PM   #38
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I do not know Jim but it sounds like this man is loved and admired by many, I do hope all the best for him and anyone else involved.
I have never been on that river, was just trying to understand why a search would be called off , This is absolutely in no way a flame at anyone trying to find him, as i do understand sometimes cercomstances will not allow a search to take place. I am just unfamiliar with the river involved.



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We have seen alot of guys fall to the elements of our Oregon lately......I don't know Jim. but I'm thinking of him

The AM will bring good news
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Old 12-28-2006, 09:52 PM   #40
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I sure hate seeing situations like this arise. I hope he is ok.

If it were my buddies locally here, we'd have cox's army out looking for him regardless of the river.

Why would they call the search off? That doesn't make sense? It will be down near freezing tonight?

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Old 12-28-2006, 10:01 PM   #41
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stlhdr1,

The area that Jim floats is no place to be floating or searching after dark. It is a very tough river and it wouldn't help to turn the searchers into victims by putting them in harms way.

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The news just reported that one made it to shore and the other is still missing, the missing person is in his 70s. Hope he is ok also.




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Old 12-28-2006, 10:29 PM   #43
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I count myself among those lucky enough to take a ride with Jim, and listen to his stories. I too treasure the homemade maps I have. As a techno geek, Jim made fun of my GPS on the trip, but he took the time to tell me when to save a really good spot on the GPS.

I pray Jim is OK out of this.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:54 AM   #46
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:58 AM   #47
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I've heard from someone who was in another raft on the trip. It was Jim and he almost certainly didn't make it...
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Our hearts and prayers go out to Jim and his family and friends. Never give up hope!
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:22 AM   #49
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:03 AM   #51
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I can totally relate to posting at 4 in the morning, Bill. I've been up all night, despite tons of surgical pills and being put clear to sleep yesterday.

I haven't slept a wink. Bill andI just held hands and worried. (My Bill)

I am writing blind, so please excuse.

If the search was called off, I most certainly promise you that Mark, his son and the rest of the gang were out all night looking.

Anyhow... Oh, poor Loretta. Poor family... Poor little Christie. I just feel sick for all of his loved friends.

Jim was the absolute crustiest. He waas grough, and did plenty to upset me at times, but overriding all of that was the deepest love for a man with an absolute heart of gold and a kindness not many of us are familiar with, or can come close to. Tender, underneath... When Loretta was sick, it was the first time I'd truly seen that side of him quite so strong. He was an absolute sweetheart. The love between Loretta and Jim is something we should all strive for.

If it hadn't been for my surgery, Bill and I both would have been in that boat. I don't know how to feel about that.

so many thoughts running through my head. Jim woudl come pick me up in Astoria and take me to breakfast in Longview on rainy days. He loved driving, taking long drives on stormy days.

He loved to hunt rats and he and Loretta would go for days, living out of the back of the crummy. The stories they'd tell at the end, were great. Back in the old days they had crummies to pick up the loggers. That's where the name. His son is a logger.

Anyhow... I'd take them nice dinners when they were ill, and Loretta never missed a thank you card, hand written, including stories of the important things in life. Trip pod the dog, (Who recently passed) her flowers and vegatables, and her county fair entries.

Jim would send me weekly updates and pictures of his family and fun. I loved Jim's letters. Totally mispelled due to his beloved speech writing program. He refused to better his typing, despite my giving him a learn to type CD.

Two days ago, Bill spoke to him on the phone. I had upgraded my life jacket to a Mustang, and offered to gift him my older self pull Stearns. It's a great life jacket, and I think it would have better suited his needs than those uncomfortable ones.

Two weeks ago, Bill and I were full of concern, because we called Jim at dinner time. Someone answered, and dropped the phone, and never answered. We were so concerned! We finally got ahold of him.

Jim would call every morning at 6-7. I was mostly too busy at the time, with ifish to chat with him like I used to. But, a week ago, I called him and spent an hour on the phone, just catching up. Bill usually takes the calls, lately.

He also ccalls at 6 at night. He's fondly known by the kids and Bill and I, when it rings, as "There's dinner time Jim!" It's a no brainer that when the phone rings at that time, that it's Jim. We've scolded him, made fun of him, constantly asked him not to call at dinner, but for years, he always did. We didn't complain, and dropped our forks to laugh with him, to visit. I'm so glad we did.

Jim, I really love you. Loretta, we are with you and promise to do anything for you, at any time. To the rest of the family, let me know if I have anything from Jim that you want, need.

Jim gave me my very first real steelhead rod and I treasure it to this day. He was the first fishermen that I got to know that was a well known fisherman and I was so honored to have met him, through Milton Fisher.

Milton took me down the NF twice, and then turned me over to Jim for future trips. Oh, how I loved them both.

Now, I have no desire to go down the NF. I couldn't take it. Milton was hard enough and I haven't been since then. Now Jim. Oh crud.

My eye is so sore. Tears are so salty, and my eye pad to protect it, with the shield is just soaked to the bone and stinging.

Oh, man. Life... getting older... is certainly not for wimps.

Jen

Hope you can read this-- or maybe not. it's just personal ramlings.
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:04 AM   #52
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:34 AM   #54
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:54 AM   #55
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JIm is a legend! I'll never forget his willingness to help out when the fishing was slow and my learning curve was going up on Nehalem Bay. He would just troll alongside and tutor. One of the really good guys.

We'll surely miss him.

Godspeed Jim!!!
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:02 AM   #56
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Jim knows that river as well if not better than any man. Hopefully he was given the chance to make it to shore. If so he will have a story that will be remembered for life. Our Prayers are with you Jim. If jim had a problem going down the Northfork be advised to think twice about it right now before you try it.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:09 AM   #57
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Does anybody know where they went down??
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:15 AM   #58
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This is indeed not the kind of news a person wants to here. I grew up in Manzanita and went to school with his two sons. I remember calling him Dr. Erickson back in the 70's. My prayers and my family's prayers are with him today. I hope it all turns out well.


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Old 12-29-2006, 08:17 AM   #59
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Does anybody know where they went down??
A friend was with them in another raft...the guy who bought Jim's place...he left a message last night that he did not make it.

They dropped into a shute and a submerged log flipped the boat...
Tim said it was new from the last high water.

They were going to look again today but it sure sounds bad.

Very sad deal...hope they're wrong.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:30 AM   #60
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I was with Jim yesterday, with my brother Tim Gray who lives in Beaverton, my other brother Scott and my son Brendan.

We were drifting the river in two rafts. My brother Scott was with Jim ahead of us. A newly fallen tree was submerged in some rapids just below the hatchery. There was a lot of mist, and the sun glare was directly in our eyes as we approached the log in our raft. We saw some tree shoots sticking up out of the water, but the log was stretched out across about 2/3's of the river, just below a water curl though. Our raft go stuck on it but was pointed down river. We rocked off.


Jim's raft got stuck sideways. As they tried to get it off the log and pointed in the right direction, the rapids flipped the raft over, and it ended up on top of Jim and my brother. It all happened very quickly and suddenly. They had a difficult time getting out from underneath the raft. The rapids swept them downstream. My brother came up once, and saw Jim floating by, his hat and eyes above the surface and his boots were up. There was no movement, and my brother could not tell if he was alive at that point and trying to ride the rapids out, or already gone. My brother could not get to him in the rapids. My brother was swept downstream about 300-400 yards, only surfacing once or twice during that time. While still completely submerged, he grabbed the outstretch limb of a tree, and held on, eventually pulling himself to shore. We found him on shore when we passed by, wet and disoriented. We got him in the boat, and got him covered with dry clothing on his upper body. We then looked for Jim as we traveled down the river. We found his raft flipped over, and some of the gear, but Jim was no where to be found, sadly.

We spoke to some guys down river. A couple of sheriffs showed up, and eventually more search and rescue resources came, along with a Coast Guard chooper. They called off the search when it got dark. They're apparently resuming today, with divers. Finding him will be a sad formality at this point.

I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of such bad news to the Oregon fishing community. This was my first trip to Oregon from Connecticut, where I reside. My wife surprised me for my upcoming 50th birhtday with plane tickets for my son and I to visit my brother Tim for a fishing trip. My brother Scott joined us. Certainly not what anyone anticipated. JLG
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