1 dead, 2 still missing in area waterways

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Andrew Jason Moats, a 19-year-old from Salem, was pronounced dead after being pulled from the Molalla River Sunday, June 30, 2013. He was not wearing a personal floatation device, according to a sheriff's office news release. (Facebook image from Andrew Moat's Facebook page)

CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — Clackamas County rescue crews recovered the body of a teenager from the Molalla River Sunday.

This was just one of several drowning or water rescue calls being handled Sunday in the Portland area.

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At the scene of a Sunday, June 30, 2013, recovery effort at the Molalla River. Authorities said a 19-year-old died after being trapped under a tree root in the rushing Oregon river. (Courtesy Molalla Fire)

In this fatal case, deputies received a call around 2:30 p.m. of a drowning off of South Dickey Prairie Road in Clackamas County.

According to a Molalla Fire & Rescue spokesperson, three men in their late teens and early 20s were inner-tubing when they hit swift water and were dislodged from the tube. One of the men became stuck under a tree root; his friend tried to pull him out, but finally had to give up.

6-30-13-drowning mapThe man who tried to rescue his friend was taken to Willamette Falls Hospital with water in the lungs and lacerations, Molalla Fire reported. The other friend was uninjured.

The trapped teen’s body was recovered at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. That is right next to the Molalla Retreat, a Christian summer camp. It’s unknown if the 19-year-old man in Sunday’s afternoon drowning was affiliated with the Molalla Retreat.

The teen – identified as 19-year-old Andrew Jason Moats from Salem — was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a personal floatation device, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

This was the second water rescue the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sunday.

“[R]emember,” @CLACK CO SHERIFF tweeted, “to wear your PFD and be safe!” The Molalla Fire spokesperson also told KOIN 6 News that he “strongly” suggests river-goers wear life vests.

These warnings come as many people headed to the region’s waterways Sunday. Temperatures in the Portland area climbed to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and higher Sunday.

Glenn Otto Community Park: Still missing

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In Troutdale, Ore., a boy was reported to have gone under and not resurfaced while at Glen Otto Community Park later Sunday, June 30, 2013. (City of Troutdale)

In Troutdale, Ore., a boy was reported to have gone under and not resurfaced while at Glen Otto Community Park later Sunday. Glenn Otto Community Park is at 1102 E. Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale.

The boy is reported to be either 4 or 5 years old boy, according to a search spokesperson. He was with his older brother around 5 p.m.; witnesses said the two were on some sort of raft or tube when the younger boy went under.

“They both went into the water,” said Carey Kaer with Troutdale Police. “The older brother was able to get out of the water and it appears the currents caught the younger boy and he went into the water and disappeared.”

The child reportedly was not wearing a life jacket. Beach goers told KOIN 6 News there is a free life jacket area along the Sandy River just to the east.

The beach at the Glenn Otto park, which has a lifeguard shack, was closed to the public as the search continued. The reported water temperature there Sunday afternoon was 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Multnomah County River Rescue, Gresham Fire, Corbett Fire and Troutdale Police all responded to this “possible drowning” call. As of 8:47 p.m. dive teams were still doing grid searches, and search and rescue crews were walking down to begin searching the shoreline.

The search for the boy stopped at dark. Crews told KOIN 6 News the search will resume around 7 a.m. Monday.

Willamette River: Still missing

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In the Willamette River Sunday, June 30, 2013, rescuers looked for a 20-year-old from McMinnville who disappeared while swimming with two friends near 9000 Dorsey Road in Yamhill County. (Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office)

In the Willamette River Sunday, rescuers looked for a 20-year-old from McMinnville who disappeared while swimming with two friends near 9000 Dorsey Road in Yamhill County. As of 8:25 p.m. the search continued.

Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree identified the missing swimmer as 20-year-old Anthony Jimenez. He said Jiminez and his friends were trying to swim across the Willamette River, but only one made it. Crabtree said two men — Kenny Johnson and Ryan Lee — pulled one of the struggling swimmers to shore. “When they turned around, Anthony was nowhere to be seen,” Crabtree reported.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office responded with two Yamhill County Boats, along with Newberg Dive Rescue and the Dayton Fire Department. Sheriff Crabtree called on a fixed-wing aircraft to assist in the search.

“If Anthony is not located today,” the sheriff’s office reported Sunday, “the search operation will resume tomorrow morning.”

Lucia Falls: Rescued

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Crews rush in to rescue a teen stranded on rocks between two waterfalls at Lucia Falls Sunday, June 30, 2013. The teen survived without injury, according to a rescue spokesperson. (Courtesy Clark County Fire District No. 3)

Meanwhile, a teen was rescued from atop Lucia Falls in Clark County, Wash., Sunday.

“The individual was at the park with his family and was wadding in the waters above the falls when he slipped and floated down river,” according to a Clark County Fire District No. 3 release. “He was able to grab a rock at the top of the falls and pull himself up.”

He was rescued by members of the Clark County Technical Rescue Team, using a ladder and three rescue swimmers.

“The victim had no injuries,” Clark County Fire reported, “and was back picnicking with his family after the rescue.”

 

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