Sheriff: 13-year-old Tigard boy drowns while swimming in N. Fork Santiam River

North Fork Santiam River near the Elkhorn Valley Campground - KATU photo

ELKTON, Ore. – Deputies have identified the 13-year-old boy who drowned in the North Fork Santiam River on Sunday afternoon.

Kendall Alexander, 13, of Tigard, disappeared underwater near the Elkhorn Valley Campground on Sunday afternoon and was swept downstream. A dive team recovered the boy about 100 yards downriver.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said some adults swimming with the boy tried to reach him, however they were unsuccessful.

Other members of Kendall’s group became stranded on the opposite bank of the river; rescue crews were called out to get them safely back across the water.

From the sheriff's office:

"Yesterday's events are tragic and our thoughts are with the Alexander family. Kendall's drowning is the second death since our weather has begun to warm. Areas like the North Fork still have very high, swift and cold water. The Sheriff's Office recommends that any person recreating in open water should be wearing a life vest."

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