Firefighters and police rescue suicidal man in Willamette River
- Kara Hansen Murphey
- Lake Oswego Review - News
Lake Oswego police and firefighters pulled a 30-year-old local man from the Willamette River Thursday morning after his family reported he was refusing to come back to shore from the water off Fielding and Stampher roads and might be suicidal.
The call came in at about 10:30 a.m., Lake Oswego Fire Department Battalion Chief David Morris said.
It's unclear how long the man was in the water, which was about 63 degrees, he said. Family members were concerned because the man was emotionally distraught when he went out into the river on a paddle board and refused to come back, Morris said.
Because the sheriff's office and fire department boats were a ways away when rescue crews arrived at the scene, members of the Lake Oswego Fire Department's water rescue team and a couple of police officers borrowed a boat from a civilian to reach the man, hoisting him from the water without incident and returning to safety at the dock at Tryon Cove Park.
The man was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; it was unclear whether he suffered the injuries before or after he got into the water.
Additional information about the incident will be reported as it becomes available in the Lake Oswego Review newspaper and at www.lakeoswegoreview.com.