WENATCHEE — A 45-year-old Monitor man drowned in the Wenatchee River while attempting to rescue a pet pig Sunday evening, authorities say.

Ronald J. Ripper was floating the river in an inner tube alongside his adult son and a pig when the pig fell into the river midway between Monitor and the Sleepy Hollow Bridge, according to a news release from the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

Ripper jumped into the river in an attempt to save the pig but struggled to stay afloat, the release said.

The man’s son yelled to bystanders on the river and on the shore that his father disappeared underwater.

Ripper was located near the Sleepy Hollow Bridge and deputies brought him ashore, the release said. He didn't have a pulse, said Sgt. Kent Sisson.

Firefighters from Chelan County Fire District 1 and paramedics with Ballard Ambulance performed CPR for 20 minutes before he was pronounced dead at about 7 p.m.

Ripper was not wearing a life jacket, the news release said.

Sisson said the pig swam to the shore alive. Residents posted to social media Monday asking for help finding the pig.

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