'Anything gets close there, they'll get sucked down and drown'

'Anything gets close there, they'll get sucked down and drown' »Play Video
Robert Dean's dog Eddie ran into this pond at Alton Baker Park and got sucked out into the Willamette River.

EUGENE, Ore. - Robert Dean took his 13-year-old daughter and their border collie Eddie for a bike ride in the sun last Saturday afternoon.

"We stopped several places along the way, and stopped off here before we headed back," Dean said at Alton Baker Park on Tuesday.

They were playing fetch with Eddie when he ran into the duck pond.

"The last time around, he was swimming back and the current was pulling him towards the dam, and it got him," Dean said. "It just pulled him right down and under."

Dean ran to the other side of the bridge to try and save him.

It was too late: Eddie was already drifting down the Willamette River.

"I tried and I tried," Dean said.

Bystanders managed to pull Eddie from the water, but he was already dead.

Dean said he knows that, by law, dogs must be on leashes at all times in public parks.

But he wants to use Eddie's death as a cautionary tale for others.

"The way it is now - if it's a child, dog or anything gets close there, they'll get sucked down and drown," he said. "Something needs to be done before something really bad happens."

Robert Dean wants to use Eddie's death as a cautionary tale for others. "The way it is now - if it's a child, dog or anything gets close there, they'll get sucked down and drown," he said. "Something needs to be done before something really bad happens."