COLUMBIA RIVER - A 57-year-old man died Saturday after he suffered a heart attack while fishing in the Columbia River.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a call at 10:40 a.m. from one of three friends accompanying the man on the fishing trip to Jim Crow Sands, near mile 30 in the middle of the river, said Bob Coster, civilian search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Group Astoria Monday.

The man, a resident of John Day River Road, near Astoria, had reportedly just caught and released a fish into the river when he collapsed, Coster said.

The Coast Guard diverted a patrolling HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, which arrived at the island in 18 minutes. A rescue swimmer was lowered onto the ground to help, but hoisted the man into the helicopter after unsuccessfully attempting to revive him with a defibrillator.

The helicopter flew the man back to Air Station Astoria, where medics were waiting to continue trying to revive him. He was pronounced dead, Coster said. Coast Guard officials declined to release his name.

In a separate incident, a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria responded to a medical emergency the evening of June 28, landing at the Ilwaco Airport to transport a patient to a Portland hospital.

A spokesman at the Coast Guard Seattle District Office said a Life Flight helicopter wasn't available to take the patient from Ocean Beach Hospital to Portland so the Coast Guard stepped in to make the flight. No other information was available about the patient.

Bag your 4th of July!

Do not leave any debris on the beach this 4th of July. Pick up your spent fireworks, debris and other garbage - along with anything else you can find - bag it and leave it at any of the major beach approaches. Do not leave it on the beach for others to pick up.

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