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Washington County marine deputies save Portland man from Willamette River

WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The Steel Bridge near where Saturday's rescue took place.Washington County Sheriff's marine deputies working river patrol for the Rose Festival rescued a 45-year-old Portland man who tried to kill himself from the Willamette River on Saturday afternoon.

The man was not identifed.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the man jumped into the river from the Steel Bridge at about 5:25 p.m. on June 11. He suffered minor injuries from the 100-foot fall and was taken to a local hospital.

The WCSO says the man thanked the deputies for saving his life and was thankful he was going to get the help he needed.

The deputies were assisting the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office with security on the river for the naval vessels in port during the Rose Festival. While they were patrolling the security zone surrounding the ships, the deputies heard a large splash near the west end of the bridge and saw a man flailing in the water.

The deputies threw the man a lifeline, which he grabbed. The deputies pulled him into the safety of the boat took him to shore for treatment.