A father and son rescue a Bald Eagle from the frigid waters of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon.

A bald eagle was treated and released after being scooped up by a fisherman who feared the bird was drowning in the Columbia River.

According to officials at the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, it happened east of the Megler Bridge on Sunday. The unidentified Good Samaritan man scooped up the bird with a fishing net.

David Lee Myers watched it all from the shore and said he thought the bird had been floundering in the water for at least an hour. Myers was able to call the wildlife center to call for help, but the fisherman beat them to the eagle. Myers also snapped pictures of the incident.

Center director Sharnelle Fee said she examined the bird and found him hypothermic and weak from struggling in the water for at least an hour.

Fee also noted that he had a brood patch which indicated that he was helping to incubate eggs, so she wanted to release him as soon as possible so he could get back to his “husbandly” duties. He recuperated overnight at the Center after getting washed with Dawn and was released the next day.

Fee said sometimes birds can get caught if they get a fish that is too big or get thrown in the water during a fight, but it was unknown how this particular eagle was injured.

The fisherman left the scene before he could be identified.


Responses to "Drowning eagle rescued in Columbia River (Photos - Video)"

  1. Fili says:

    That was great of them to help that poor eagle. Thank you for saving it.

  2. Unknown says:

    thank you .you are ahero

  3. Anonymous says:

    wado Kind Hart welcome to a band of brothers.

  4. Patti P says:

    thank you thank you

  5. This great father & son HERO team saved more than 1 Eagle. Without dad the eggs in the nest would fail. Thank you so very much for being the caring people you are.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Living by example ...way to go, Dave! Sam is a lucky young man to have you as a father. Thank you for saving this beautiful bird

  7. Anonymous says:

    Band of Brothers and Sisters thank you x

  8. SERENTEAH says:

    well done. thankyou for helping a bird in need.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for swinging into action.. We just released two females in my nest observation area that had a territorial fight over a lake halfway between 4 known nest. I observe. so we kinda figured they were "mine" EAGELEWATCH program Florida) they recuperated fine after a few days and were banded.. when released one went one way towards 2 nest and the other went the other way towards the other two nest... as we are in the middle of fledge part of the season.. lots of territorial disputes/interaction going on.. observed one yesterday withing a few hundred yards of the release.. fortunately they went their separate ways after a few antics.. Thanks again to these two for saving the eagle.. You are greatly appreciated!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for helping and saving the life of this beautiful bird.

  11. great job

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