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Wilsonville mother drowns, son injured trying to save her

A 49-year-old Wilsonville woman drowned in the Willamette River early Sunday morning and her 30-year-old Tigard son was injured when he tried to rescue her, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The body of Kelly Carr was pulled from the river Sunday, Jan. 24, after she accidently fell into the river and drowned, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, at 3:16 a.m., Jan. 24, Cheryl Clark, of Wilsonville, called 911 to report a drowning near the railroad trestle in Wilsonville. The caller had run from the trestle to a Fred Meyer gas station to call 911. She told police that another woman fell into the river about 40 minutes earlier.

Wilsonville Police responded and found Clark, 54, and the missing woman's son, Wesley Carr, near Wilsonville Concrete Products, 31200 S.W. Industrial Way.

Wesley Carr told police that he, Clark and his mother had been walking along an old dock that had holes in it when they tripped and fell into the river.

The son said all three had been able to swim back to the dock, Carr said, but his mother fell back into the river as she tried to pull herself from the water. Carr told deputies that he jumped back into the water to try and rescue her as Clark ran to get help, but was unable to find her.

Deputies searched the area while water rescue teams were headed to the area by boat. They located Kelly Carr's body floating between the dock and shore. A Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue boat pulled her from the water and brought her to the Boones Ferry boat ramp, where she was pronounced dead, deputies said.

Wesley Carr was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. Clark was not injured.

According to the State Medical Examiner's office, Kelly Carr's death was ruled accidental.