Man, 19, drowns while inner-tubing on Molalla River

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 7:54 p.m.

Media and Interested Parties


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to a call of a male stuck underwater on the Molalla River.

The location was just downstream of the Glenn Avon Bridge in the 35000 block of Dickey Prairie Rd.

Reports were that a male had fallen from his inner tube and was stuck against a tree and rocks. Two males who were with the victim were transported to the hospital for minor injuries they incurred while trying to rescue the victim.

Due to the remote location, the male had been underwater for almost 20 minutes before rescuers arrived.

Water-rescue responders worked for almost an hour to locate and pull the victim from the water. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The male was not wearing a personal floatation device.

The Sheriff's Office -- along with Molalla Fire, Lake Oswego Fire, Gladstone Fire, Clackamas Fire District #1, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue -- responded to the scene.

The male has been identified as Andrew Jason Moats, 19 years old, from Salem, OR.

The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium wants to remind everyone to wear your personal floatation device at all time when you are in or around water.


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Contact Info:
Nate Thompson, Deputy
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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