Body of 68-year-old man recovered after Hagg Lake drowning

Body of missing swimmer found in Hagg Lake

FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- The body of a 68-year-old Hillsboro man who drowned Sunday evening at Hagg Lake was recovered early Monday morning, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office reported that Mark A. Cuddigan was swimming with a woman Sunday evening when he went under at Bobcat Cove. Dispatchers were notified of the drowning about 6:45 p.m.

His body was recovered about 2 a.m. by the Gaston Fire District and taken to the Washington County medical examiner. 

Deputies found no evidence of foul play. Investigators don't believe Cuddigan was wearing a life jacket.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds people that along having a swimming partner at all times, wearing a life vest is the best thing you can do to stay alive in the water.

"Just pay attention and don’t get too comfortable," added longtime Hagg Lake fisherman Clayton Creasey. "I see a lot of people going way out deep and they probably shouldn’t be out deep.  And this lake drops off deep in certain spots. It doesn’t look like it does, and all of a sudden it just does, that’s usually when people get in trouble."
 
 

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