Man presumed drowned after jumping into Columbia River to save struggling swimmer
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. (KPTV) - The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office says a man is presumed to have drowned after jumping into the Columbia River to save a struggling swimmer.
On Sunday, at about 5:15 p.m., River Patrol Unit deputies responded to a report of a missing swimmer near the west end of Lemon Island in the Columbia River.
Witnesses told deputies the man jumped off a boat to help a woman who was struggling in the water. The sheriff’s office said the woman was able to reach safety, but the man never resurfaced.
The Portland Fire & Rescue, the Port of Portland Fire Department and the US Coast Guard helped in a search for the man, but did not find him. The sheriff’s office said the man, who was not wearing a life jacket, is presumed drowned.
The man’s name has not yet been released.
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