Deputy helps save life of suicidal woman who jumped into Molalla River

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Dec. 4, 2012 9:31 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties


Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-235973

On Tuesday Dec. 4, 2012 at approximately 6:53 p.m., a concerned mother called the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to report that her 48-year-old daughter was suicidal.

The mother reported that her daughter had called her saying that she was going to jump into the Molalla River and kill herself.

Sheriff's Office deputies immediately began to search for her.

At approximately 7:05 p.m., Deputy Corey Saffer stopped to check a vehicle parked at Wagon Wheel Park (28100 S. Hwy. 213, Molalla). He recognized the vehicle as belonging to the daughter and got out to investigate.

Deputy Saffer then heard a noise down by the river -- and arrived in time to see the daughter jump into the raging Molalla River.

Deputy Saffer called for additional assistance and began to run down the banks of the river to attempt to find her. Deputy Saffer spotted the woman clinging to some trees at the edge of the river. He began to talk with her while trying to figure out how to rescue her.

An Officer from the Molalla Police Department arrived to assist, and Deputy Saffer instructed him to retrieve a rope from the trunk of his patrol car. The officer brought Deputy Saffer the rope and he made it into a loop. Deputy Saffer was able to get the loop over the woman's head and cinch it in place on her torso. He then looped the rope around his waist and held on until members of the River Rescue Team arrived.

While they were waiting, Deputy Saffer continued to talk to the woman, and she told him she did not want to die anymore. He encouraged her and kept her talking until she was pulled out of the river.

Members from the Molalla Fire Department, Clackamas Fire District #1 and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue arrived, and were able to pull the woman out of the river. She was transported to Portland Adventist Hospital for treatment. Her status is unknown at this writing.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-235973.


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Contact Info:
Bryon O'Neil, Deputy
Acting Public Information Officer
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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