Search suspended for fisherman swept into Sandy River

Search suspended for fisherman swept into Sandy River

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by David Krough, kgw.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on January 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 5:52 PM

SANDY, Ore. -- Clackamas County rescue crews searched again Tuesday for a Milwaukie teen who a witness said was swept into the Sandy river while fishing.

Two men were fishing on the Sandy River near SE Marmot Road when the 18-year-old Joseph Arnold Deseranno, who was wearing hip waders but no life-jacket, slipped and fell around 10 a.m., deputies said.

Crews said they have not made a decision if the search will continue Wednesday.

Deseranno's friend saw him fall and immediately called 911 for help. 

Rescuers scoured the river on boards and in rafts and also walked the shoreline, with no success.  Crews considered it a “rescue mission,” but acknowledged it would be very difficult for someone to survive long in the frigid water.  

Deputies said water temperatures were about 35 degrees and the air temperature was 27 degrees. The river banks were also covered in ice.

”It will shock you to a point to where it will seize your muscles," said Lt. James Rhodes with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "Even if you’re in a very accomplished swimmer, in these conditions it makes it near-impossible to stay afloat. It's very dangerous."

KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report


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