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Man drowns while fishing at Lake Harriet; Sheriff's Office, Water Rescue Consortium respond


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to a water rescue on Saturday, March 31 at Lake Harriet, east of Estacada.

At about 8 p.m. on March 31, a 911 call was made by a witness from the Timber Lake Job Corps, reporting that two males were fishing in a small boat that had overturned. Both of the males attempted to swim to shore. The witness said one male made it to a stump about 50 feet from shore. The other male reportedly went underwater 75 feet or more from shore and did not resurface.

When Sheriff's Office deputies arrived on-scene, they learned the two males are brothers. The father of the two males swam out with the aid of a spare tire and rope to rescue the male from the stump. The surviving brother was transported to Timber Lake Job Corps, where he was met by an ambulance. AMR transported the male -- who was hypothermic -- to Willamette Falls Medical Center, where he was treated and released

Clackamas Fire District #1 and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue -- members of the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium -- searched the lake for the deceased male.

The deceased male was located about 30 feet from the overturned boat and about 75 feet from shore in 10 feet of water. They were able to recover the male and pull him from the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deceased male was identified as 21-year-old Justin Lee Fraijo of Colton.

Contact Info:
Deputy Nate Thompson
Acting Public Information Officer
Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

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