News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 2:14 a.m.
On May 2, 2016, a 16-year-old male and an 18-year-old male left on their bikes for a day of fishing on the Molalla River. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from one of the males, indicating it had gotten dark and they were lost.
The two fishermen were unsure where they were at. After following a trail on their bicycles, they made their way through thick brush to reach the river. When attempting to find their way back, the thick brush precluded their ability to find the trail leading out.
Deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division were the first to respond, and were able to narrow down the fishermen's' location to an area near the confluence of the Molalla and Willamette rivers. Clackamas County Search and Rescue personnel activated members of Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue group and Mountain Wave Search and Rescue group to execute a search and rescue operation.
Just before 2 a.m., searchers located the fishermen, who were reportedly cold and hungry, but in good health otherwise. The searchers are currently hydrating and feeding the fishermen and then will escort them back to the known world. Rescue operations are expected to be completed within another hour.
Names are not being released at this time, pending family notifications.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office