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Two swimmers rescued from Willamette River

Firefighters find pair struggling in water near Steel Bridge

Two swimmers were rescued from the Willamette River by Portland Fire and Rescue personnel on Saturday night.

According to PF and R, just prior to 7:00 p.m., firefighters from downtown Portland's Station 1 and Southeast Portland's Station 21 responded to calls to help two people in the river near the Steel Bridge.

Apparently, one person had jumped into the river and was having a difficult time swimming. Another person jumped in to help the struggling person. Firefighters found the two people in the water near the sea wall holding on to a one-inch cement lip.

Firefighters from Station 1 standing on top of the sea wall threw a life ring into the river for the people to use until responding river units could make contact with them. When the first one arrived, rescue craft swimmer and rescue technician Scott Pollard jumped into the river and directed the better swimmer to the swim board on the rescue craft. Pollard also assisted the other swimmer to the Eldon Trinity Rescue Boat.

The two rescued swimmers were taken to the dock in front of Station 21. One person, a 54 year-old male, was treated by PF and R paramedics and transported to a local hospital.

With the summer months and warmer weather returning to the Portland area, PF and R reminds citizens to be adequately prepared for summer activities like swimming. Have a plan, know your own limitations, have a swim buddy, and know your surroundings before jumping into any body of water.