News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: July 5-7, 2013
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At about 4 p.m. on Friday July 5, 2013, witnesses called 911 to report a missing adult female in the water upstream from the Carver Bridge.
While rafting on the Clackamas River, Meagan O'Meara-Clark, 26, of Canby, had jumped out of the raft just upstream from Carver Park to take a swim. A short time later, she was seen going underwater. A male adult made it to the shore and called for help.
Meagan O'Meara-Clark was unaccounted for, and the Clackamas County's Water Rescue Consortium went into active search mode.
O'Meara-Clark was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident, and it is not known if alcohol was a factor.
Personnel from Clackamas County Sherriff's Office, Gladstone Fire, Clackamas County Fire District #1, Lake Oswego Fire and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded to the coordinated incident (via Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium).
Authorities asked the public to remain clear of the Carver Boat Ramp on the Clackamas River to allow optimum effectiveness during the search operation. Four rescue boats and six divers with a single underwater camera were deployed to assist.
At 5:53 p.m. on July 5, unified command switched operational modes from rescue to recovery due to the time frame involved. SCUBA divers continued to search the area.
Around 9 p.m., the recovery mission for O'Meara-Clark was suspended until Saturday, July 6. Divers will be back again in the morning to continue their search.
Divers spend Friday and Saturday (July 5-6) diligently searching the areas where Ms. O'Meara-Clark was last seen on the Clackamas River. Despite their best efforts, they were unable to locate her, and the search was suspended around 4 p.m. on July 6.
Clackamas County Marine Patrol officers planned to continue to search for her during their normal patrols.
Dive teams searched deeper areas above and below Carver Park -- including under the new bridge construction area.
The Sheriff's Office would like to thank Lake Oswego Fire Dive team, Gladstone Fire dive team, Clackamas Fire District #1 and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue boat team for their support.
Clackamas County Sheriff's water safety patrols remind everyone to always wear life jackets as the Clackamas River can be dangerous.
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Gladstone Fire divers recovered the body of Ms. O'Meara-Clark at about 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 7.
Her body was found just downstream from where she was reportedly last seen swimming on the Clackamas River. She was in about 15 feet of water. Her body has been turned over to the Medical Examiner's Office.
The intial call came from family members at about 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, who were searching the bank since this morning. Clackamas Sheriff boat crews had been nearby searching other areas with an underwater camera and quickly responded to the scene.
The Sheriff's Office offers its condolences to the family and friends of Ms. O'Meara.
Sgt. Robert Wurpes
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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