A deadly day on local rivers - KPTV - FOX 12

Searches resume in suspected drowning cases on local rivers

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Rescue crews responded to three possible drownings and several water rescues Sunday and their searches resumed Monday morning.

Search and rescue teams, along with dive teams, responded to Glenn Otto Park on Sunday afternoon for a young child who was caught in the swift current of the Sandy River.

"I mean they were so fast, the lifeguards down there," said one witness.

While lifeguards responded within minutes, they were too late to save a little boy who went underwater around 5 p.m.

"I've seen the fear in the lady's eyes and she kept holding her eyes and waving her hands and pointing to where she was at," said Tasha Simonson, who was at the park on Sunday afternoon.

Troutdale police say the child was pulled under the water by the swift current.

For hours dive teams focused on where the child was last seen, as hundreds were evacuated from the shore. He was not found and the search was called off Sunday night due to darkness.

Dive teams were set to resume their search at 7 a.m. Monday.

Earlier in the day in Clark County, a teenager had to be rescued from the top of Lucia Falls.

Officials say the teen had slipped and was carried downstream until he was able to pull himself up on an outcropping of rocks between two waterfalls.

He escaped unscathed.

In Molalla, the outcome was deadly. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office reported that Andrew Moats, 19, was inner-tubing without a life jacket when he became stuck against a tree.

Officials said his two friends tried to help, but took in too much water and had to be taken to Willamette Falls Hospital.

Moats drowned in the 60-degree water.

"People think they're safe because they're on a rubber tube or something, but this is a wild river," said Keli Cross, who lives near the area Moats drowned.

Yamhill County Sheriff's officials were also working late in the evening to search for Anthony Jimenez, 20, who is believed to have gone under the water near Dayton.

Officials responded to 9000 Dorsey Road around 5:20 p.m. to reports of a possible drowning.

Crews spent the evening searching for Jimenez but didn't locate him. The search operation was set to resume Monday morning.

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