54 Year Old Clarkston Man Accidentally Drowns
On 09-13-19 at approximately 1307 hours, Asotin County Sheriff’s Office was advised of a male subject in the Snake River near Mulberry Beach just south of Asotin. The subject appeared to be struggling in the river and further reports from Whitcom stated that the male was frantically waving his arms. It was reported that a male subject who was driving by had stopped and was now in the water in an effort to help the victim.
Deputy Levi Frary was first to arrive on scene at the Asotin Boat launch. He had been advised that the two males were still in the river floating towards Asotin. Deputy Frary contacted Robert Mahal of Lewiston who was launching his boat. Mahal was asked for assistance by use of his boat. Deputy Frary was able to operate the boat upriver and locate the two males. Both males were pulled aboard the boat and CPR was immediately started on the victim. Deputy Frary drove the boat back to the Asotin boat launch where medics from Lewiston Fire were waiting.
Life saving measures were continued by paramedics during transport to Tri State Hospital but the 54 year old victim was unable to be revived. The name of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notification.
The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Mr. Galen Dail, 34 years old. Of Lewiston. Mr. Dail had spotted the victim struggling in the water as he drove by. Mr. Dail risked his own safety and entered the river in an attempt to assist the victim. Both Mr. Dail and Mr. Mahal were instrumental during this incident by providing CPR until medics could take over on shore.
It’s not known how the victim ended up in the river. He did have a life jacket partially on but it’s unclear if he was wearing it prior to the accident.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by Asotin County Fire’s Marine 61, Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office and Lewiston Fire Paramedics.
The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office has identified Friday’s accidental drowning victim as 54 year old Michael M. Tildon of Clarkston.