Man dies trying to save his dog in Clackamas River

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
dog

Man’s dog pulled from water. (Photo: KPTV)

GLADSTONE, Ore. (KPTV) — A man who a witness said was trying to save his dog struggling in the Clackamas River died after he was swept down the river instead Monday, authorities said.

Construction workers on a bridge saw it all unfold near High Rocks Park and called 911 at 2:30 p.m. One of the workers told Fox 12 the man went in the river after his dog when the animal started struggling in the water.

The man, an admittedly weak swimmer according to firefighters, began to struggle and went under the water. He was then swept down river.

A dive team responded and managed to locate the man and bring him to shore. Paramedics performed CPR and said they were able to get a pulse. He arrived at Willamette Falls Hospital with a pulse, but deputies said he died a short time later.

Investigators said his dog is OK.

“You could see him really flailing, swimming for his life, and he just sunk and sunk and sunk,” said witness Aaron Knerr.

Gladstone is about 12 miles south of Portland.

High Rocks Park is a popular swimming destination when temperatures rise, but the Clackamas River, which is fed by mountain snow melt, has strong currents and rocky areas.

The surface of the Clackamas River was 64 degrees in that area Monday afternoon, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Divers said it was nearly 10 degrees colder than that toward the bottom.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.