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Two Lake Oswego men die in apparent drownings

Separate incidents take the lives of Dr. Robert Cook, Jason Allen Kosola

Two Lake Oswego residents have died in what appear to be accidental drownings, one on the Oregon coast and another in the Willamette River near the Canby Ferry.

Divers in Siltcoos Lake south of Florence recovered the body Friday morning of Dr. Robert Cook, who apparently drowned after diving from a private boat last Thursday evening.

Cook, 78, was an orthopedic surgeon who had served on the Portland Trail Blazers’ medical staff in the late 1970s and again for the 1990-91 season. He treated thousands of patients over the course of a career that spanned more than five decades, including not only professional athletes but also a long list of entertainers and politicians.

According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Cook surfaced briefly around 6:20 p.m. before going back under the murky water. Others on the boat jumped into the lake in an attempt to rescue Cook but were unable to locate him, deputies said. His body was recovered around 2 a.m. Friday in an area of the lake where the water is between 12 and 14 feet deep, deputies said.

Investigators do not suspect foul play or that drug or alcohol use contributed to the incident. A medical examiner will make a final ruling on Cook’s cause of death, deputies said, and Cook’s family said plans for a memorial service were underway.

On Sunday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Dive Rescue Unit recovered the body of Jason Allen Kosola, who apparently drowned in the Willamette River near the Canby Ferry on Saturday night.

Kosola, 46, was the director of marketing and brand development at Summa Real Estate Group.

According to deputies, dispatchers received a 911 call just before 8 p.m. Saturday about an adult male who had fallen off of a dock into the Willamette River, just east of the Canby Ferry. The caller said the man, who was not wearing a life jacket, had gone underwater near the dock and a boat and had not resurfaced.

Members of the sheriff’s office and the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium searched for about 90 minutes, but divers suspended their efforts for the evening due to fading light and poor conditions. Crews resumed their search Sunday morning, and Kosola’s body was pulled from the river around 11 a.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, the events that led up to Kosola disappearing into the river are still under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

A GoFundMe account has been established to raise funds for Kosola's two teenage sons. Organizers say donations will go toward school clothes and supplies for his children, college tuition and funeral costs. To contribute, go to www.gofundme.com/jasonkosola.

— The Review