Portland man dies in Clackamas River
No foul play suspected in Monday evening incident
Charles "Charlie" Metler, 22, swam across the Clackamas River and was attempting to climb the wall of a pump station on Monday evening when he apparently slipped and fell to his death.
On July 16, at about 9:52 p.m., Oregon City Police responded to the area of 13405 S. Clackamas River Drive in Oregon City regarding a subject that had just fell while attempting to climbing a wall at the South Fork Water District's pump station.
Witnesses told OCPD that, about 15 minutes prior to the 911 call, Metler swam from the Gladstone side of the Clackamas River to the pump station on the Oregon City side of the river.
Witnesses told OCPD officers they didn't actually see Metler climbing the wall because it was dark outside, but Metler successfully climbed the same wall earlier in the day for the purpose of jumping into the Clackamas River from the higher elevation.
No foul play is suspected, said OCPD Lt. Bill Kler, and witnesses have reported Metler was climbing the wall alone when he fell. OCPD had no information indicating drugs or alcohol were a factor.
Metler's last known address was 1460 S.E. Holgate Blvd., Portland.