Swimmer, 13, drowns at Elkhorn Valley Campground

Victim's friends became stranded on the opposite bank of the Santiam River

The Santiam River near the Elkhorn Valley Recreation Area in Marion County. (Greg Shine, BLM via Flickr Creative Commons)

MARION CO., Ore. (KOIN) — A 13-year-old swimmer drowned in the Santiam River at the Elkhorn Valley Campground Sunday evening, officials confirmed.

Kendall Alexander, an eighth grader at Fowler Middle School in Tigard, was swimming with friends and adults when he went under the water around 4:15 p.m. and never resurfaced, Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

Rescuers were sent out to help friends who became stranded on the opposite bank of the river, according to the sheriff’s office.

The teen’s body was recovered around 6:15 p.m.