Itemizer-Observer staff report
SALEM — A Dallas man died on July 22 in a swimming accident in the Willamette River, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
A call of a swimmer in distress in the Willamette Slough, near the Riverfront Park in Salem, came in shortly after 7 p.m.
Salem police officers and firefighters responded, beginning an initial search for the missing swimmer, identified as Troy Bowish, 18.
“Marion County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was requested to respond to help coordinate search efforts,” said a news release from MCSO. “After original attempts to locate the swimmer were unsuccessful, the search was suspended for the night just after 10 p.m.”
Search efforts resumed on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. The body of Bowish was located at 2:30 p.m. by divers from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
“Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol respond to multiple water emergencies each year in recreational waterways across Marion County,” the release said. “We want to encourage the use of life jackets when swimming in lakes, rivers and other open waterways to help prevent accidental drownings.”
Life jacket stations are available at multiple popular swimming locations during the summer months.
The search operation included 6 water craft, divers, a UAV, and over 25 personnel from multiple agencies, including: MCSO, Salem Police Department, Salem Fire Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and FALK Ambulance.