Thursday, May 25, 2017

Deputies Searching For Missing Swimmer 3 Pools ***Update*** (Photo)


News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: May 25th, 2017 1:48 PM
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Tuesday afternoon a 25 year old swimmer went missing after jumping from a cliff, into the water at the upper pool of the 3 Pools Recreation Area. Last night Kayaker's called the Sheriff's Office and told deputies they believed they had found the body of the missing man down river near the pools.

Early this morning around 9:00 a.m., water rescue teams with the Salem Fire Department and the Jefferson Fire Department waded out into the water and recovered the man's body. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to release the name of the victim as his family has still not yet been contacted.

With memorial weekend closing in, the Sheriff's Office knows that our wilderness area will see an increase in visitors. Residents and visitors should be aware that river waters are still very high, cold and full of debris. If you are planning to visit these areas, below are a few tips you can use for a safe outdoor experience.
1. Never Swim Alone
2. Avoid Alcohol and Marijuana around water
3. Wear a lifejacket
4. Know how to perform CPR
5. Know how and where you can call 911

The North Fork area of the Santiam River is a remote but popular destination. The North Fork has very little to no cellular phone reception. There are 2 911 call boxes located along the roadway. The first call box is mounted on the outside wall of the Elk Horn Fire Station and the second box can be found at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park.

We are encouraging all visitors to the area to please use caution and come prepared when visiting our natural resources.

B-Roll footage of the recovery efforts can be found here:


Today deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team as well as the Water Rescue Team from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office searched the waters of 3 Pools for the missing 25 year old man.

Despite their best efforts the man was not located. Due to high waters and treacherous conditions all further searches for the missing man have been suspended. The Sheriff's Office has still not been able to contact the missing mans family but those efforts are underway. Until the mans family can be located and notified of this tragic incident his name will not be released.

In light of yesterday's tragic events the Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents and visitors to use extreme caution in open waters,know your swimming ability and always wear a life preserver.


Deputies are currently searching the water in the 3 Pools area of the North Fork River for a swimmer who went missing around 4 p.m. today. A 25 year old man was swimming with friends at the popular swimming destination when he did not resurface.

Search and rescue swimmers are currently searching the pools but have not been able to find the man who is presumed drowned. The 3 Pools Recreation Area is now closed and will remain closed until dive operations can be completed.

Media: Dive operations are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 3 Pools Recreation area is a remote location accessed by dirt roads in a heavily forested area with no cellular service for miles. If you intend to send a crew please be prepared for the drive and stage in the parking lot area for 3 Pools, a PIO will be available and on scene at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.
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