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Deputies rescue woman, teen struggling in Clackamas River

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Deputies rescued a woman and a 16-year-old girl who were struggling in the cold water trying to swim across the Clackamas River.

A 911 caller reported a woman who was not wearing a life jacket struggling to stay afloat at Dahl Beach in Gladstone at 1:38 p.m. Monday.

The woman called back to her friends that she couldn't move and was going under water.

Clackamas County deputies responded by boat and located the 22-year-old woman in the Clackamas River at the mouth of the Willamette River. They threw her a flotation device, grabbed her arm, led her to the back of the boat and pulled her onto the swim deck.

Deputies then spotted a second person in trouble in the water.

The boat was maneuvered to a 16-year-old girl clinging to a rock near the shoreline. The girl told deputies she was too weak to climb up, so a deputy lifted her by her wrists onto the boat.

The swimmers were then taken across the river to a waiting medical crew.

The woman was cold, but otherwise uninjured, according to deputies. The teen was checked for injuries and her parents were contacted in Seattle.

The Sheriff's Office wants to remind swimmers: The water is colder than you think. Underestimating river temperature has led to several tragic drownings on county waterways in recent years. Don't let poor judgment turn you into a sad statistic. Anyone swimming or boating in local waterways should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device.

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