Multnomah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Dangler
PORTLAND — The men and women who jump into the water to rescue those in need are a tired bunch these days with drownings and countless close calls.
After rescuing a man from drowning in the Willamette River at Kelly Point Park on Tuesday night (Read More), the morning started off just as busy.
Divers pulled a body out of the river near the Steel Bridge around 8:00. An hour later, a woman was clinging to the seawall in the same area. She was picked up in a rescue boat.
“Between this morning and last night, our boats have been pretty active,” said Portland Fire Lieutenant Rich Chatman.
Two people drowned this week in Marion County. A man went under at Scotts Mills Park on Butte Creek early Tuesday evening. It comes one day after a teen drowned at Three Pools Recreational Area on the Santiam River.
“What we want to stress most importantly is safety. Looking out for one another, always having a friend with you in the water, and use of flotation devices we can’t stress enough,” said Sergeant Dangler.
Nearly a dozen people in Oregon and Southwest Washington have drowned this month alone.
The CDC reports that nearly 4,000 people drown each year in the United States. It’s the third leading killer of people under the age of 29 and second leading cause of death in children four or under.