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Man's body recovered from Columbia River near Rooster Rock

UPDATE: 54-year-old Portland man drowned


Multnomah County sheriff’s dive team recovered the body of a 54-year-old Portland man Tuesday evening from the Columbia River near Rooster Rock.

Sheriff's deputies said James Watkins Jr. drowned while swimming in the area. Divers recovered his body at about 8 p.m. Aug. 4. The body was turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.

Witnesses said Watkins went missing at about 5:12 p.m. in Rooster Rock State Park. He went underwater while swimming across the river inlet to an island across from one of the beach areas and did not resurface.