TROUTDALE, Ore. -- The recovery effort was scaled back Monday evening for a 7-year-old boy who was swept away on the Sandy River Sunday.

The boy was playing with a 9-year-old child at Glenn Otto Park when he vanished in deep water late Sunday afternoon, said Troutdale police.

AMR lifeguards were able to pull the older child to safety but the 7-year-old disappeared and still had not been located by Monday afternoon. Neither child was wearing a life vest.

Police said the park provides free life jackets for swimmers.

It's heart-wrenching you know, it's unfortunate, said Sgt. Carey Kaer of the Troutdale Police Dept. The life jackets are there to use. There's no reason you shouldn't just grab one and put it on your child.

Dive teams from the Portland Fire Bureau and Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were leading the recovery effort, aided by a National Guard helicopter. Police said Monday evening the intensive search was over, but officers would still search the river banks.


KGWReporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.

Read or Share this story: