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Sheriff's Office responds to near-drowning at Estacada Lake


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 13, 2012, 9:12 p.m.

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Clackamas County 911 received a call at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, July 13 regarding a male who had jumped from the Hwy 211 Bridge into Estacada Lake.

Witnesses said the male had been drinking and jumped off of the bridge intentionally. He first threw a inner-tube into the water before jumping. The bridge is estimated to be over 50 feet above the lake. Initial reports were the male was underwater, but resurfaced.

Witnesses said the male was unable to swim after the jump, and was being pulled to shore by people near by. The male was face down in the water for about 2 minutes before being brought to shore.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy responded, and was first to arrive on-scene. The male was being pulled to shore as the deputy arrived.

The deputy assessed the male, and noticed he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. The deputy quickly started CPR.

After several chest compressions, the male started breathing. Shortly after, Estacada Fire arrived on scene and took over CPR.

Estacada Fire continued treating the male until Clackamas Fire District #1 Fire Boat 8 arrived and transported the patient by boat to the boat ramp. The male was then transported by Life Flight to OHSU. Prior to being transported, he was breathing on his own and able to talk with the rescuers.

The male was identified as Robert Chester French, 49 years old, of Estacada.

Refer to CCSO Case # 12- 20887


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Contact Info:
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Nathan Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
9101 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, Oregon 97015

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