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CORBETT, Ore. -- A fisherman died in the Sandy River of an apparent drowning Sunday afternoon.

A man in his 40s had become distressed around 800 feet from a boat ramp at Dabney State Recreation Area in Corbett before going under water, according to Lt. Steve Alexander of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Jim Jeffries, an Iraq war veteran, dove into the water to try to save the man. Jeffries had come down to the river to play Frisbee golf and ended up running along the shore as the fisherman drifted down. A woman with a clear view spotted the fisherman and Jeffries waded out to him.

Jeffries recovered the man's body with help from rescue crews, who threw him a line. He and the fisherman were pulled to shore and crews tried unsuccessfully to revive the fisherman.

I said the Lord s prayer as I was there, and that was it, Jeffries said.

He was declared dead at the scene. The victim's identity has not yet been released.

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