B.G. fisherman’s drowning in Columbia ruled accidental

By John Branton and Dave Kern

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Updated: July 25, 2011, 10:12 PM

 

A Battle Ground man, Roger Vaughn Stady, died Saturday while fishing on the Columbia River at Lion’s Day Park near Woodland.

The 59-year-old was alone when “he fell in somehow,” said Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Deputy Tory Shelton.

A passer-by found Stady’s body on the shore and attempted to revive him, Shelton said.

The sheriff’s office and Woodland police arrived at the scene just before 1 p.m. and found a fishing pole floating near the man, whose car was parked nearby, Shelton said. There were no witnesses, he said.

Brett Dundas, chief deputy coroner for Cowlitz County, said Stady’s death has been ruled an accidental drowning.

Stady had been bank fishing and officials don’t know why or how he entered the water, Dundas said.

Dundas said Stady conceivably could have gone in to cool off, or could have suffered a catastrophic medical problem that the autopsy didn’t detect.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.