Body of missing swimmer at Hagg Lake found

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 3:49 PM PDT
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PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - The body of a swimmer who went missing Monday afternoon at Henry Hagg Lake was found Tuesday morning at approximately 11 a.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff’s office.

Washington County Deputies responded to a call of a swimmer who sank below the surface and did not reappear just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. His family, who was present at the time, called 911 after being unable to find him.

The Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, Gaston Fire and Rescue, and Lake Oswego Fire Department’s Dive Team all came to assist but the search was called off in the evening due to heat concerns. The search resumed Tuesday at sunrise, and officials found the swimmer’s body a few hours later at Henry Hagg Lake, near the Peninsula trailhead.

The Washington County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an investigation to determine the swimmer’s cause of death but investigators said there is no indication of foul play. WSCO said the swimmer’s name and age will be released once his family is notified.

WCSO Communications Sergeant Danny Dipietro spoke with FOX 12 Monday stressing the importance of water safety, especially as temperatures rise.

“Over the next couple days, we are going to see 100-degree temperatures. When coming to the lake, understanding your capabilities is extremely important,” said Dipietro. “We have life jackets on all the boat ramps that are free and can be utilized during the day. Know your capabilities. Understand there are going to be very hot temperatures. You’ll get exhausted a little easier. So be safe, wear a floatation device whenever you possibly can, and stay sober out there.”

Officials said access to Boat Ramp A will be restricted Tuesday while the search continues. Boaters are asked to stick to using Ramp C.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.