PORTLAND – Five people drowned after high weekend temperatures sent swimmers into oceans and rivers across the state.
A 54-year-old woman died Friday after being caught in a rip current off the coast of Lincoln City.
Authorities said the victim and her 23-year-old daughter were caught in the rip current. The woman’s daughter was able to swim back to shore.
In Dayton, a man was recovered after he disappeared in the Willamette River while trying to swim across with two others.
Anthony Jiminez, 20, Derek Angel, 21, both of McMinnville and Kevin Judson, 22, of Dayton, all tried the crossing late Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
Angel made it to shore and Jiminez and Judson struggled. Two other men went to help them and assist Judson to shore. When they turned to help Jiminez, he had disappeared.
In Troutdale, one of two children playing at Glenn Otto Park on the Sandy River vanished in deep water late Sunday afternoon.
The children were playing in the water when they got into trouble, police said.
Lifeguards were able to pull one child to safety but the second disappeared.
A 19-year-old man on an inner tube was pulled underwater and drowned on the Molalla River Sunday afternoon, authorities said. He was underwater for more than an hour while on the river with two other men.
Authorities warned swimmers about dangerous rip currents and cold water temperatures in oceans and rivers. Emergency crews were stressing the importance of life jackets.
"It only takes a split second for a parent to take their eyes off their child before they go under the water," said Brandon Paxton of the Clackamas Fire District.