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Hot weather brings drownings

Hot weather brings drownings

As people head to the rivers to beat the heat, lifeguards and fire department officials are warning you to use lifejackets.

The body of a 19-year-old Salem man was recovered from the Molalla River Sunday.  Andrew Motes was inner tubing when his tube got stuck in tree branches hanging over rapids on the river and he fell in.  Mote was underwater 20 minutes before divers recovered his body.  Two friends who were with him were treated and released from a hospital.

A 20-year-old man has apparently drowned in the Willamette River near Dayton.  Three men were swimming across the river when two of them began struggling.  One was rescued.  Divers searched the river and an aircraft was used to search downstream, but Anthony Jimenez was not found.  The search will continue Monday.

On the Sandy River, a young boy is missing after he apparently drowned Sunday afternoon.  He was swimming with his brother at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale.  They got in trouble in deep water.  A lifeguard rescued one of the boys, but couldn't find the other boy.  Dive teams spent five hours searching the river.  They will continue to search Monday.  The boy's weren't wearing lifejackets.  The lifejackets are free to borrow at the park.

Photo: KATU

 

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