News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8:09 p.m.
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At about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, first responders from the Estacada Rural Fire District, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas Fire District #1, Lake Oswego Fire, TVF&R, Gladstone Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to Milo McIver Park in rural Clackamas County to a report of a swimmer who had possibly drowned on the Clackamas River.
Rescuers quickly arrived on-scene. Upon arrival, first responders learned from witnesses that an unidentified teen had attempted to swim across the river with friends. Two made it across the river as the third attempted to make the shore. First responders also learned that none of the swimmers were wearing PFDs (personal flotation devices). Rescuers learned the third swimmer had been underwater for about 10 minutes before rescue attempts were made.
Additional resources -- including Clackamas County Dive Rescue, Clackamas County Marine Patrol and TV&R Dive Rescue arrived on scene to assist in locating the missing teen.
The teen did not survive, and was located in the river where friends last saw him.
The drowning victim's name is being withheld until family notifications are completed.
The Sheriff's Office wants to remind swimmers to be mindful of cold and swift river water. Anyone swimming or boating in local waterways should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. Swimmers should also let others know where they'll be swimming and stay near other swimmers when in the water.
You can find additional water-safety tips here.
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office