VANCOUVER – A 13-year-old boy drowned Saturday after playing in Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park in Vancouver, deputies said.
The Multnomah County Medical Examiner confirmed DiMaggio Lee was brought to Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital then transferred to Legacy Randal Children’s Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m, said Sgt Fred Neiman with Clark County Sheriff's Office.
Witnesses told KGW that there was a large family gathering at Salmon Creek Park and family members were frantic while trying to find Lee who was swimming just off the first dock in the swimming area of the pond.
Rescuers were on scene shortly after 4 p.m.
Lee and his family were reportedly in town from Houston for their first ever family reunion.
The Salmon Creek Park website says there are no lifeguards on duty at Klineline Pond.
"We were able to keep regional parks open this past winter and had hoped to reinstate lifeguards for the summer swimming season,” Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Director Pete Mayer said in a previously published statement on Clark County's website. “But the ongoing economic slump and reduced revenues made that difficult, given other regional park maintenance and operations needs, countywide.”