PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities recovered the body of the 18-year-old swimmer who went missing in the Columbia River Wednesday night around 9 p.m.
Crews were searching for Jonathan James Walker off Sauvie Island at Walton Beach, but it quickly turned into a recovery, according to Oregon State Police.
OSP Senior Trooper Kevin Peterson said they received a call about a missing swimmer around 5:30 p.m.
Peterson said when they arrived witnesses told them the swimmer had gone under and not been seen for 15 minutes.
None of the 6 people on the boat were wearing life jackets, but the boat did have them on board. Walker went under after he jumped off the boat to swim to shore, which was about 30 feet away.
Peterson said, “Even though it’s hot, the water is still cold, the current is still strong. If you have any question of your swimming abilities, it’s always best just to have a life jacket.”
One friend tried to save the 18-year-old, but was unable to.