Woman drowns after falling off dock into the Willamette River


A 49-year-old female from Wilsonville drowned after tripping into the Willamette River Sunday, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilsonville Police and Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium responded to the scene just after 3:15 a.m. near the rail road trestle in Wilsonville.

Police contacted the person who called 911 and found the victim's son near the Wilsonville Sand and Gravel Plant.

He then told pointed to police the location the woman was last seen.

The son said he was with his mother and a friend walking on an old dock that had some holes in the boards.

While walking on the dock, they all tripped and fell into the river.

According to deputies they were able to swim back to the dock, but the mother fell again trying to get back onto the dock, and was last seen floating down river.

The son jumped into the water to try and rescue her, while the other friend ran to get help.

When he was unable to locate her, the son went to contact emergency responders.

Deputies later found the body of the the mother, and was pulled into a Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Boat.

She was transported to the Boones Ferry boat ramp, where she was pronounced dead.

The son was transported to a local hospital for his injures. The friend who was with them was not injured.

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