UPDATED: Man drowns in Willamette River

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: August 27-28, 2016


Photo: CCSO Dive Team stock photo

UPDATE (August 28, 2016, 1:45 p.m.)

Recovery efforts for the drowning victim resumed the morning of August 28, 2016. At about 11:00 AM, search crews recovered the body of Jason Allen Kosola (46 years old) of Lake Oswego, OR. The Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office responded to assist and family notifications were made.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office urges the public to use extreme caution around waterways and to use personal flotation devices while in the water.

EARLIER (August 27, 2016, 10:27 p.m.) -- Recovery Efforts Suspended for Presumed Drowned Male

CCSO Dive TeamJust after 7:50pm on August 27th, 911 dispatchers received a 911 call about an adult male who had fallen off of a dock, into the Willamette River. The caller stated that the male was possibly now submerged underwater near the dock and a boat. Dispatchers quickly learned that the dock in question was located on the river, just east of the Canby Ferry. The caller went on to say that the male patient was not wearing a life jacket.

Members from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit and Dive Rescue Unit quickly arrived on scene with fire personnel and made all efforts to locate the missing subject. After battling diminishing daylight for approximately 90 minutes, drive rescue crews elected to suspend their search efforts for the evening due to conditions.

This incident is now being handled as a recovery operation.

At this point in time, dive rescue crews are planning to resume their recovery efforts for the subject tomorrow, August 28th as day-light allows.

The series of events that led up to the man disappearing into the river are still under investigation, but no foul play is suspected. Additionally, the identity of the subject will not be released until all family notifications have been completed.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to thank all of our partner agencies who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts. The Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium, who responded to the scene, is comprised of American Medical Response, Lake Oswego Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Clackamas Fire District #1 as well as the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, thank you to the Canby Fire and Police Department for their assistance.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Brian Jensen
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office