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Boy's body recovered from Sandy River

The body of a 7-year-old boy was recovered in the Sandy River Thursday morning during a training exercise by Clackamas County divers at Glenn Otto Park.

Asekur Rahman and his older brother were playing in the river June 30 when they began to struggle in deep water. According to Troutdale police, lifeguards were able to rescue his brother, but Asekur got caught in the current and was swept under.

Dive teams with Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office scoured the river but were unable to locate him at that time.

On Thursday, his body was found about 75 yards from where he was last seen.

Sgt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County diver team told Pamplin Media Group news partner KOIN 6 News that they contacted Multnomah County to let them know they would be training in the river and to search a few areas that weren’t previously searched.

“There’s a lot of currents and we know that these are difficult times for a family when they haven’t made the recovery of their missing child,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Wurpes said these type of rescues are difficult emotionally.

“It’s hard not to get emotionally involved in this. I know I speak for the whole team when I say that (recovering) children are more difficult. Everybody’s a little more sensitive to that.”

Troutdale Police Sgt. Casey Kaer seconded that.

“A lot of these guys are thinking, gosh, that could have been my child. So, yeah, it tugs at the heart strings, definitely.”

Kaer said the currents on the river are very swift.

“There’s a lot of big boulders and rocks and shelves underneath the water,” he said. “The water current twists and things get trapped underneath the water.”

Officials closed the Historic Columbia River Highway because the recovery is directly below the bridge over the Sandy River.

The boy attended Mill Park Elementary School in Southeast Portland.

Sally Showman, a reporter for KOIN 6 News, provided this report.

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