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Man drowns in Marine Drive crash

Photo Credit: PORTLAND FIRE & RESCUE - Emergency workers prepare to recover a body from the Columbia River on Wednesday.A body has been pulled from the Columbia River after a car was seen crashing into it Wednesday morning, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was located and recovered approximately 12 feet from the shore.

The crash, reported around 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, happened off Northeast Marine Drive.

A witness told police dispatch it appeared the driver was trying to get out of the car but went under water. A Portland Fire & Rescue official said the body is a man’s, but could not confirm the identity or age of the deceased.

Emergency workers from PF&R, the Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the Port of Portland Fire Department and American Medical Rescue responded the scene. A spokesperson with the sheriff’s office confirmed the East County Major Crash Team is also responding to conduct an investigation.

According to firefighters, Marine Drive was been shut down from Northeast 158th to Northeast 185th during the investigation.

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