Kayaking accident leads to death of Portland man in Hood River County

News Release from Hood River Co. Sheriff’s Office
Posted on FlashAlert: January 25th, 2019 6:18 PM

Hood River, Oregon:

On Saturday, January 19th, deputies with the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a non-responsive kayaker on the Hood River, with CPR in progress. The 28-year-old kayaker, Kevin Neidorf of Portland, was transported to a Portland area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

At approximately 12:15 PM on January 19th HRCSO deputies were dispatched, along with personnel from Westside Fire Department, Wy’east Fire Department and Hood River Fire & EMS, to the Hood River near the old Copper Dam. The report was of a kayaker not breathing, and that he was out of the water and CPR had been started.

Deputies responded to find Fire and EMS personnel already on scene with the patient. They interviewed other kayakers who were all part of the same group with Next Adventure out of Portland. They advised that they found Kevin face down in the water and were able to get him to the bank and begin CPR. Being on the wrong side of the river from responders, they rigged a rope across the swollen river to get Kevin across, where he was met by arriving medics.

Kevin was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital a short time later. He was then transported by ambulance to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, where he later passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends