- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A Lane County, Oregon, sheriff’s spokeswoman says a contractor will try Wednesday to remove a root ball in the Willamette River that authorities say has been involved in two recent deaths.

Sgt. Carrie Carver said Tuesday that the Oregon State Marine Board has hired Blue Ridge Timber Cutting of Coos Bay to do the work.

The root ball is near Clearwater Landing in the Springfield area.

Authorities found the body of Larry Aten, of Eugene, last Friday after his paddleboard hit the root ball and pulled him underwater. Andrew Terrell, also of Eugene, died June 13 after his boat struck the root ball. The boat flipped and he never resurfaced.

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