Multnomah County, Ore. – Crews will be back out at daylight this morning searching for a missing swimmer presumed drowned in the Columbia River. It’s now a recovery effort. Authorities say the man in his 40’s was swimming with a friend near Rooster Rock around 6:30pm last night when he went under water didn’t resurface. River patrol and fire crews had about 90 minutes of daylight before calling off their search efforts. It’s not clear if the swimmer was wearing a life-jacket.
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On Monday, 8/19/2019, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an adult male swimmer that had gone missing at Sand Island next to Rooster Rock on the Columbia River. Emergency responders from the Oregon Parks and Recreation, Corbett Fire, Gresham Fire, Port of Portland, Trauma Intervention Program(T.I.P.), and MCSO River Patrol responded to the scene. Despite efforts from multiple agencies, the lost swimmer is still missing.
Due to the setting of the sun and loss of light, the search was suspended until morning.
August is Outdoor Safety Month and MCSO wants you to be as safe as you can while boating or swimming. Please make a plan and wear a personal flotation device when you are in or around the water.