News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Monday, June 15, 2015, 10:42 a.m.
At about 5:43 p.m. hours on Sunday, June 14, 2015, police and fire rescue units from the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the Clackamas River near river-marker 22 in Clackamas County.
It was reported there were four people stuck in the river between the rapids and a rock wall. Their inflatable devices were reported to have broken and none of them had life preservers. They were reportedly sitting on a log and unable to get out of the water safely.
Water-rescue personnel located the four victims and delivered them a rescue raft and other specialized water-rescue equipment -- allowing safe passage to the lower boat ramp at McIver State Park.
Statements from some individuals rescued indicate that the events leading up to their predicament were rather harrowing -- and indicative of having been underprepared for the rather demanding conditions.
The four individuals -- ages 49, 17, 16, and 16 -- were transported to the hospital. Their medical conditions are not known, but are not life-threatening.
There was no sign of alcohol present on any of the individuals involved in this incident.
The Clackamas Water Rescue Consortium advises anyone swimming or boating in local waterways to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.
Please reference CCSO Case # 15-16284
Detective Sergeant Dan Kraus
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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