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Search For Missing Fern Ridge Boater Turns To Recovery Effort

Chris Shubothe

A Junction City man remains missing, as Lane County Search and Rescue teams resume searching for a second day.

38-year-old Kevin Carlile was boating with his wife and two children at Fern Ridge Reservoir Monday afternoon.  His family told authorities one of the children ended up in the water without a life jacket, and Carlile and his wife jumped in to help. Heavy winds and rough water made it difficult for the family to get back to the boat. The wife and child made it to shore. Carlile was last seen about 150 yards away from shore near the dam. The search has now been presumed a recovery operation. 


Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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