The cold water temperature this time of year can make the river dangerous.
On Monday afternoon, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office along with the Lake Oswego Fire Department, Clackamas Fire District #1, and Gladstone Fire Departments responded to the call of a swimmer who went below the water surface in the Clackamas River near High rocks. A Sheriff's patrol boat was on scene within two minutes.
A construction worker reported seeing a man in his early 60's swimming out into the river towards his dog. The man quickly went below the water's surface. Sheriff and Police SCUBA divers arrived on scene and recovered the man. He was transported by boat to Clackamette Park to an awaiting AMR ambulance. The dog is fine.
The man arrived at Willamette Falls Hospital with a pulse. Unfortunately a short time later he was pronounced dead. The man is identified as 61-year-old Jack Davies of Sherwood.
The Sheriff's Office wants to remind people to wear life jackets and be aware the water is still cold this time of year. There were no indications that alcohol played a role in this incident.