Bald eagle, now named 'Salty,' rescued from Oregon river

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by Cheryl Calm, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 6:36 AM

ASTORIA, Ore. -- An eagle was rescued from the Columbia River around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon by students and staff of the Tongue Point Job Corps.

Crews were aboard a ship, training on the river near the Megler Bridge, when they noticed a bald eagle flapping around in the water.

They thought it might be caught in a net but found nothing was holding it in the water when they guided the ship near the bird, according to Captain Len Tumbarellow, captain of the ship, named 'Ironwood.'

As the boat approached, the tired eagle tried to move away but the students and ship’s crew were able to scoop it up in nets and get it safely on the ship and into a box with blankets.

“It seemed like maybe it was getting hypothermic,” explained Tumbarello. “We think it may have dove into the water to catch a fish and its wings just got too wet for it to fly off.”

They radioed to shore, where Oregon State Police from Astoria met them to take the eagle for medical care.

Before the rescuers released the eagle to OSP, they named him 'Salty.'

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