Man dies after being rescued from Sandy River

MULTNOMAH COUNTY Ore. (KPTV) – A man died Friday after being rescued from the Sandy River.

Just after 4 p.m., Multnomah County sheriffs and firefighters from the Corbett and Gresham Fire Departments came to the Sandy River near Dabney State Park for a water rescue call. A caller reported that they had witnessed a man enter the water alone and suddenly begin to struggle.

The caller reported that the man had gone underwater and had not surfaced.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, firefighters launched lifeboats and used equipment to climb the steep riverbank to access the river. Corbett firefighters waded into the water and found the man underwater using a handheld sonar device called AquaEye and lifeguards helped bring the man to the surface.

Ambulance staff took the man to a hospital in the region. Despite life-saving efforts, the swimmer did not survive and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Friday’s response was the third major multi-agency water rescue call in the Sandy River since Wednesday, July 27.

On Wednesdaya stand-up paddler fell into the water and drowned near Oxbow Park. On Thursday, in Oxbow Park, a family of three barely survived after being swept away by the current; all three were taken to hospital for medical examination. And today a swimmer unfortunately didn’t survive near Dabney State Park.

As it remains warm throughout the weekend, emergency services have asked people planning to visit a local river or lake to visit a park with a lifeguard on duty, such as Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale, and to wear a life jacket at all times. swimming, floating, paddling, boating or playing near the water. Life jackets can be borrowed free of charge (no ID required) at these locations:

  • Glenn Otto Park
  • Dabney . State Park
  • Oxbow . Regional Park
  • Dodge Park
  • Lewis and Clark Park

The Sandy River is dangerous all year round, and the river bottom is rocky, uneven, and surprisingly deep in places. The water can be stronger and colder than nearby rivers because the Sandy River is fed by glacial runoff from Mount Hood. Use caution when swimming in the Sandy River.

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