Man drowns at Oxbow Regional Park

Multnomah County
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 33-year-old man drowned at Oxbow Regional Park Saturday evening, the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said. 

Deputies, Gresham firefighters, and emergency medical personnel responded to the park shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report that a swimmer had drowned. 

When first responders arrived, they saw that two park rangers and several good Samaritans were performing CPR on a man. 

The man, 33-year-old Jose Marcelino Castillo-Pacheco, was taken to Mount Hood Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

The sheriff’s office said a teenage girl was the first person to notice Castillo-Pacheco was in distress and pulled him out of the water. 

Volunteers from the Trauma Intervention Program provided emotional aid and support to Castillo-Pacheco’s family, the sheriff’s office said. 

This is the second drowning in two weeks on the Sandy River. The sheriff’s office said in both drownings, the swimmers were not wearing life jackets. 

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