Teen suffers near-drowning at Klineline Pond

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter



A teenage boy who was attending a family reunion at Salmon Creek Park on Saturday afternoon nearly drowned in Klineline Pond.

A 911 call was made at 4:17 p.m. Emergency personnel from Fire District 6 responded, and the boy was taken to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.

The Payton-Johnson family was gathered Saturday at a picnic shelter in the park. The family members are from both Clark County and Portland, one woman said.

The boy, believed to be 13 or 14 years old, was swimming at the far end of the pond near Interstate 5 — when he went under, family members said.

Bystanders searching the pond found the teen and brought him to the shore, said Sgt. Chad Rothenberger of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Rescuers administered CPR, and the teen was transported to the hospital.

While a reporter was on the scene, one family member who was on a cellphone with the hospital announced that the teen had a pulse. That was at approximately 5 p.m. The boy’s mother and aunt were with him at the hospital.

No other information on the teen or his condition was available Saturday night.

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