TROUTDALE, Ore. — Crews are continuing the search for a boy who may have drowned Sunday while swimming on the Sandy River, and a 20-year-old McMinnville man who disappeared while trying to swim across the Willamette River in Yamhill County.
Seven-year-old Asekur Rahman and his older brother were playing in the river at Glenn Otto Community Park Sunday evening when they began to struggle in deep water. According to Troutdale police, lifeguards were able to rescue his brother, but Rahman got caught in the current and was swept under.
Dive teams with Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office soured the river but were unable to locate him. The search was suspended due to darkness Sunday night, but was restarted at 7 a.m. Monday.
The boy attends Mill Park Elementary School in Southeast Portland, his family said.
Their father said they live in a two-bedroom apartment and sought some relief from the heat.
“Yesterday we had come to the park,” he told KOIN 6 News. “My wife just come up and cried. She said, ‘My son is lost.’ I said, what? He’s not lost. He’s not swimming.”
The grief-stricken father said neither he nor his wife got any sleep Sunday night.
“My family is not good. So sorry,” he said as he walked away.
Glenn Otto Park was to remain closed all day Monday. The public was asked to stay away.
Rahman’s family said the boy attends Mill Park Elementary School in Southeast Portland.
On Sunday afternoon, 20-year-old Anthony Jimenez and two friends were trying to swim across the Willamette River in the Dayton area when two of them began to struggle. Only one made it to shore, and the second was rescued by Good Samaritans. However, Jiminez disappeared. The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office lead an unsuccessful search for him Sunday night. It resumed at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
Meanwhile, there were a third reported drowning in the Portland metro area Sunday. A 19-year-old Salem man drowned while inner-tubing with friends in the Molalla River in Clackamas County. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon.