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Fund established for Lake Oswego drowning victim's sons

Jason Kosola, 46, died after slipping off a docked boat into the Willamette River


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jason Kosola was the director of marketing and brand development for Summa Real Estate Group in Lake Oswego. He died Saturday night in an accidental drowning.Friends and co-workers of Jason Kosola have established a GoFundMe account for the children of the Lake Oswego man who drowned in the Willamette River on Saturday night.

Kosola, 46, was the director of marketing and brand development at Summa Real Estate Group in Lake Oswego. He leaves behind two teenage sons, 16-year-old Jake and 14-year-old Max, according to the GoFundMe page.

According to deputies, dispatchers received a 911 call just before 8 p.m. Saturday about an adult male who had fallen off of a docked boat 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 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.

Kosola's death has been ruled an accidental drowning, officials said.

"We will do whatever we can to support the family through this difficult time and help ease the pain for his entire family," the GoFundMe page says. "We are asking anyone who knew Jason to please donate an unspecified amount of money, which will go towards school clothes and supplies for his children, college tuition and funeral costs."

The page describes Kosola as "a genuine person, a leader, a confidant, a dear friend and most importantly, a father. He had a presence that could fill the room with smiles and an uplifting attitude that made him so great to be around at all times."

Through Thursday evening, the page had raised nearly $5,000. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/jasonkosola.

— The Review