UPDATE Monitor Man Dies in Wenatchee River Trying to Save Pet PigGrant
10:30 a.m. UPDATE: The man who drowned has been identified as Ronald J. Ripper, whom apparently lives in Monitor according to the Chelan County Coroner Wayne Harris. He lists the cause of death as “Asphyxia due to Fresh Water Drowning. Manner of death is Accident.”Here’s the original story:A 45-year-old Monitor man drowned in the Wenatchee River trying to save a pet pig Sunday evening. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office says the unidentified man was floating on the river with his adult son and pet pig around 6:00 p.m. between Monitor and Sleepy Hollow Bridge. At some point the pig fell into the river and the man jumped into save it but struggled to stay afloat. Witnesses were able to locate the pig and bring it to shore, but did not find the man. Deputies located him near Sleepy Hollow Bridge, pulled him to shore and began CPR. After approximately 20 minutes, he was pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Here’s the full release from CCSO:Sheriff Brian Burnett reports a 45-year-old Monitor, WA resident drowned in the Wenatchee River Sunday evening.The male subject had been floating the river with his adult son and his pet pig near Monitor at about 6:00pm. Each were on their own floatation tube. According to witnesses, the subjects were around the halfway point between Monitor and the Sleepy Hollow Bridge when the pig fell into the river. The 45-year-old male jumped into the river in an attempt to rescue the pig, but was seen struggling to stay afloat.The subject’s son yelled to other people recreating on the river and the shoreline that his father had disappeared under water. Witnesses were able to locate the pig and take it to shore. The missing subject was eventually located by Chelan County deputies downstream near the Sleepy Hollow Bridge. Deputies entered the river and pulled him to the shore. CPR was initiated as personnel from Chelan County Fire District #1 and Ballard Ambulance arrived on scene and continued lifesaving efforts. After approximately twenty minutes, the subject was pronounced dead at the scene.The identity of the deceased is being withheld until all family notifications have been made.