Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-1446
UPDATE: Jan. 15, 2013 6:15 p.m. -- Second day of searching for missing fisherman on Sandy River suspended
Searchers concluded a second day of searching for Joseph Arnold Deseranno, age 18, along the Sandy River near the old Marmot Dam without success. Weather conditions did not clear enough to permit aerial searches. However, water rescue personnel searched the Sandy River and its banks in every accessible area downriver. Mr. Deseranno was not located.
The air temperature warmed to 33 degrees and the snow stopped falling but conditions at the river's edge and remained icy. Water temperature was again at 35 degrees and flowing rapidly. Treacherous search conditions make it unlikely searchers will return tomorrow.
EARLIER: Jan. 14, 2013, 5:15 p.m. -- Search for missing fisherman on Sandy River suspended
At 10:04 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a call via 911 that a man had slipped and fallen into the Sandy River near the old Marmot Dam, approximately 6 miles east of Sandy, Oregon. The report came from his friend who had seen him fall into the water and not re-surface.
Searchers have identified the missing man as Joseph Arnold Deseranno, age 18, of Milwaukie. Mr. Deseranno and a friend had driven to the location earlier this morning to fish for steelhead. Mr. Deseranno attempted to wade across the Sandy River when he slipped and fell into the water. He was wearing hip-waders and a camouflage coat. Mr. Deseranno was not wearing a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) as recommended.
The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium -- a team of skilled water-rescue personnel including members of the Hoodland Fire Dept., Sandy Fire Dept., Clackamas Fire District #1, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Boring Fire Dept., and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- assisted by American Medical Response, responded to the Sandy River near the location of the old Marmot Dam.
Searchers reported the Sandy River was relatively clear but running very fast through this section. The water temperature was approximately 35 degrees and the air temperature was 27 degrees. The riverbanks were covered in ice. Cloud cover and falling snow prevented air support from CCSO and the National Guard from flying the area.
Members of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium diligently searched the banks of the Sandy River and deployed swimmers, rope teams, rescue teams and rafts to search the waterway. Mr. Desranno was not found.
The search continued for four-and-a-half hours in treacherous conditions. At 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, the search was suspended due to safety concerns for the rescue personnel. Weather permitting, searchers will return to the area tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 15), to resume looking for Mr. Deseranno.
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-1446.
James Rhodes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office