Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer

The water temperature at the time of the call was reported to be 54 degrees.

A waterway in Oregon as seen on the US Army Corps of Engineers website, March 21, 2016
A waterway in Oregon as seen on the US Army Corps of Engineers website, March 21, 2016

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a swimmer who went missing near Siuslaw River, Oregon, on Friday night. Several Coast Guard boat and air crews searched for more than 12 hours over about 100 square miles.

Friends say they lost sight of the 20-year-old Jack O’Hallaren when he went swimming at a beach party near the Siuslaw River entrance. The Portland native and University of Oregon student’s body has not been recovered.

Local 911 dispatchers relayed a call to the Coast Guard around 8 p.m. Friday. His friends said the young man was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he swam 40 yards from shore and did not return.

The Coast Guard spent more than 12 hours searching 100 square miles for O’Hollaren, but have yet to find his body. Officials believe he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he swam about 40 yards from shore.

The man reportedly removed his clothing before he went into the water. The water temperature at the time of the call was reported to be 54 degrees.

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