BAKER CITY – (Press Release from the Baker County Sheriff’s Office)
On August 23, 2020 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Baker County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a report of a possible drowning at Anthony Lakes. Law enforcement and EMS were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim, Robert James Akers (71 yoa), was deceased. Akers and his wife were camping near Granite and planned a day trip to Anthony Lakes. Akers was in an inflatable watercraft when bystanders on the shore noticed that he appeared to be in distress and ultimately fell off of the watercraft. He was not wearing a personal flotation device. Two individuals in a canoe were able to reach Akers in the water and pull him onto the rocks. As they began CPR, another individual brought a paddleboard to their location to transport Akers to shore. CPR continued, but Akers was pronounced deceased by medical personnel.
Throughout the summer, Baker County has seen an increase in the number of preventable water fatalities. Since July, there have been four drownings. In each of these cases, personal flotation devices were not used. The Baker County Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to wear a life jacket when recreating on, or near, the water.