Portland brothers drown at Kelley Point Park

By Dave Kern, Columbian assistant metro editor

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Updated: September 5, 2011, 9:12 PM

 

Two Portland men drowned Monday in the Willamette River at Portland’s Kelley Point Park.

About 5:30 p.m. Monday a 25-year-old man was swimming off the park and had problems, said Lt. Steve Alexander with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

A 20-year-old brother went to help him. Both disappeared.

Alexander said neither man was a good swimmer and the area has drop-offs that go to a depth of 70 feet.

Bodies of both were recovered later by a Portland Fire Department boat and crew.

Names were not available Monday.

Alexander cautioned against swimming without a life jacket.

“Once you commit and get into the water, bad things can happen,” Alexander said of trying to rescue someone. He said throwing a buoyant device is a better idea.

Kelley Point is at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.