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Oregon kayaker capsizes, in critical condition

Sun., Jan. 29, 2012, 2:50 p.m.

Teen was in the water an hour before rescue

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 15-year-old boy whose kayak capsized on the Willamette River is in critical condition after rescuers pulled him from the water and performed CPR.

Chad Berg was kayaking with his father, Geoffrey, and another man, Brian Tidwell, Saturday afternoon near Albany when his kayak filled with water and he fell in. Tidwell made it to shore and called 911.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Albany Fire Department responded with rescue boats and found the Bergs about six miles downstream from where Chad fell in. He was in the water about an hour before rescuers got to him. His father’s kayak also capsized moments before the rescue, but he was unharmed.

The teen was taken to Albany General Hospital and then transported to Oregon Health and Science University, where he remained in critical condition Sunday.

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