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Search called off for man presumed drowned in Willamette River

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spent hours Sunday searching for the body of a man who attempted to swim across Willamette River Saturday night but never made it.

There will be continued attempts to find the man with sonar equipment, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

Dive teams spent much of their time looking in the water near the Old Spaghetti Factory, where the man and his wife jumped in the water at about 8 p.m.

Authorities say the couple made it halfway across when they ran into trouble. The woman was rescued by a passing fishing boat but her husband went under and never resurfaced.

A woman with her 5-year-old daughter says they heard screams and then she called 911.

"My daughter said, 'Mom, I think somebody's calling for help,' and I got off the phone. At first, I thought somebody was on the other side of the island having a party, and I looked over and didn't see anything. I realized it was someone calling for help, so I called 911," said Jenny Stine.

The identity of the missing man has not been released.

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