Police ID teen who drowned at Three Pools

Police ID teen who drowned at Three Pools

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Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 12:32 PM

SALEM -- A teen who drowned Monday while swimming at the Three Pools Recreation Area on the Little North Fork of the Santiam River has been identified as 14-year-old Sean Kaleopa.

The teen's family members noticed him missing, then found him at the bottom of a pool in the recreation area outside Salem Monday, Sgt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

Deputies were called about 3 p.m., he said. Before they arrived, family and friends made what Baldridge described as "heroic efforts" to save him.

Sean was pulled from the water and a human chain formed to bring him to the edge of the river. CPR was performed first by those at the scene, then by arriving paramedics, but the teen could not be revived.

Sean was described by his family as "big brother to all" and a Houck Middle School student active in many sports. Football was his favorite.

"It's upsetting,"  Three Pools visitor Darren Hegewald told KGW on Monday.  "I can see how it has happened."

The Three Pools Recreational area is a popular summer destination that attracts over 15,000 visitors each year, primarily for swimming.  The natural pools along the river are located about 12 miles northwest of Detroit, Ore.

At least eight drownings have been reported in Oregon and Southwest Washington since July 1.

More: Six drowning in Ore. and SW Wash. in five days

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