Water Rescue Team and Search and Rescue locating a submerged vehicle off the Oak Grove Boat Ramp


News Release from Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted May 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m.

Dive team Deputies on scene

Just after 6 a.m. this morning, May 17, 2019, deputies responded to the 1000 Block of SE Oak Grove Blvd in Oak Grove for the report of a suspicious person. The subject was reported to be banging on someone’s door and acting strange. The caller told us the man was bleeding from his arm and said something about a car crash before running off.

Deputies arrived in the area, located the man and found out he had intentionally drove his vehicle into the Willamette River at the Oak Grove Boat Ramp. It appeared his injuries were from the impact and extracting himself from the submerging vehicle.

The subject was transported to an area hospital for a mental health assessment and treatment of his minor injuries by American Medical Response. He will be connected with mental health services to include the Behavioral Health Unit that works closely with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

A CCSO Marine Patrol boat was dispatched to the area to assist with the initial call. Currently the CCSO Water Rescue Team and Search and Rescue Coordinators are on scene to locate the submerged vehicle, ensure no one else is inside and remove the vehicle from the river. Deputies have been in contact with the subject’s family who are safe and accounted for.

This operation could take several hours and the Oak Grove Boat Ramp will be closed until the operation is finished.


Contact Info:
Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit