Divers search for Columbia River drowning victim
- Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE • Sheriff's office will continue looking for the man Monday
Portland Fire and Rescue divers spent about two hours Sunday afternoon looking for a 45-year-old Camas, Wash., man who jumped from a boat into the Columbia River and was presumed drowned.
Members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Dive Team will be back in the water Monday looking for the man. Sunday's search was hampered by strong currents and choppy water. A side sonar device is being used to search the river.
Fire bureau officials said that at about 1 p.m. Aug. 21 firefighters were called because the man jumped from the boat near the eastern end of Hayden Island near a wing dam and never resurfaced. He was not wearing a life preserver.
The man's name and age have not been released.
Divers searched the water for two hours but were unable to find the man. The incident has been changed from a rescue to a recovery mission.
The man's name has not been released.