Teen Swimmer Rescued from Willamette River | 101 KXL

Teen Swimmer Rescued from Willamette River

Written by Cort Johnson on July 9, 2014

PORTLAND — A teenager is rescued from the Willamette River after getting caught in deep water.

Portland Fire and Rescue boats were dispatched to rescue an 18-year-old man Tuesday night, after he began having difficulty swimming in the Willamette River near Kelly Point Park in North Portland. Witnesses say the victim was wading in river when he was rushed into deeper water about 150 feet from shore.

While rescue boats were still en route, a bystander and two PF&R firefighters jumped into the river and swam the man.  Lt. Rich Chatman says the bystander brought along a log to help secure the swimmer until a boat arrived.  Soon afterward, a U.S. Coast Guard boat arrived and transported everyone to shore.

“Had these firefighters and the bystander not acted quickly, this young man would not have survived,” commented Battalion Chief Tom Williams.

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