Crews looking for missing swimmer in Columbia River near Rooster Rock State Park

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ROOSTER ROCK STATE PARK, OR (KPTV) – Crews have suspended the search for a missing swimmer in the Columbia River near Rooster Rock State Park.

Due to the setting of the sun and loss of light, the search was suspended until Tuesday morning. The search is now officially in recovery mode and crews do not believe the swimmer survived.

Just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a swimmer who had gone missing at Sand Island next to Rooster Rock.  

Deputies say the swimmer is a man in his 40s. His name is not being released at this time.

According to investigators, the man and a friend were both swimming along the north side of Sand Island when he went under.

Personnel with Oregon Parks and Recreation, Corbett Fire, Gresham Fire, Port of Portland, Trauma Intervention Program, and the sheriff’s office River Patrol responded to the scene to help search for the swimmer.

Crews did not find any signs of him, and there is no word whether he was wearing a life jacket.

Deputies say unfortunately it’s been a bad month for swimming safety, with several drownings across the county.

“We’ve lost six so far this month, which is a high number. We would truly like to stress wearing a personal flotation device, swimming in areas that you know and also swimming with a partner,” said Sgt. Brandon White.

The county’s dive team will be back there on Tuesday, although it’s unclear if the water will be safe enough for them to dive in.

Other options include using underwater cameras and sonar equipment. 

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