UPDATED: Sheriff's Office divers recover man from Clackamas River

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: June 17, 2013, 4:55 p.m.

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UPDATE: 06-17-13, 10:45 p.m.

The victim in this incident has been identified as 61-year-old Jack William Davies of Sherwood, OR.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the call of a swimmer gone under the water just below the High Rocks area on the Clackamas River. The swimmer was recovered and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:28 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office -- along with the Lake Oswego Fire Department, Clackamas Fire District #1, and Gladstone Fire Department -- responded to the call of a swimmer who went below the water surface. A Sheriff's Office patrol boat was on scene within 2 minutes.

A construction worker had reported seeing a man in his early 60s swimming out into the river towards his dog. The man quickly went below the water's surface. Sheriff's Office and police scuba-divers arrived on scene and recovered the man. He was transported by boat to Clackamette Park to an awaiting AMR ambulance.

The dog is uninjured.

The man arrived at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center with a pulse. Unfortunately a short time later he was pronounced dead.

The identity of the man will be released at a later time to allow time for family notifications.

The Clackamas River water temperature was 64 degrees today. The Sheriff's Office wants to remind everyone to wear life jackets and be aware the water is still cold this time of year. 

There were no indications that alcohol played a role in this incident.  However, the Sheriff's Office advises against mixing alcohol and any water-related activities.


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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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