Kayaker rescued at Oxbow Park in Gresham

Multnomah County

3 people rescued, all safe

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — A kayaker who tipped over and was pinned between a log and the kayak was rescued near Oxbow Park in Gresham Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency responders from the Gresham Fire, Corbett Fire and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office got a report that someone had gone into the water while kayaking. The kayaker eventually freed themselves and went to an island in the middle of the river. Two other people were with the kayaker and stayed until the responders arrived to help.

“Although it’s probably not the day they wanted to have, my salute goes out to the people on the river because they were prepared,” said Captain Travis Soles with Gresham Fire. “The people not in distress stayed with the person not in their comfort level, called for help, called 911. The person wore a life vest, so again, doing the right thing.”

No one was hurt and KOIN 6 News learned one of the kayakers decided to stay on the river.

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