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Woodburn man drowns in Willamette River

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MARION COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State Police Sunday recovered the body of a Woodburn man in the Willamette River.

OSP said 36-year-old Dagoberto Nava Castro had been swimming in the river around 4 p.m. at Mission State Park near the Wheatland Ferry boat ramp.

Witnesses said Nava Castro had jumped off a dock, resurfaced but then disappeared.

After several minutes, emergency officials were called.

Divers said they arrived and attempted to find the swimmer, but were unable to find his body until about 9 p.m.

Nava Castro had not been wearing a life jacket and officials said this particular area has swift undercurrents.

Officials would like to remind swimmers that although the weather may be hot, water temperatures are still very cold.

Rivers also carry strong undercurrents that can be dangerous to even the strongest swimmers.

Emergency officials advise swimmers to wear life jackets when swimming in the surrounding rivers.

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