Girl, 6, swept away in Clackamas River

Poor weather, darkness hinders search

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At 4:12 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 Clackamas County Communications (CCOM) received a 911 call from Ripplebrook Ranger Station, approximately 25 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The caller reported his 6-7 year old daughter had fallen into the Clackamas River near Austin Hot Springs and been swept away.

At the time of the call the girl had been missing for about one hour according to the initial report.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is responding to the scene with assistance from multi-agency water rescue units and AMR Reach and Treat.

A request is being made for air support from the National Guard.

Search efforts are underway.

Poor weather and high water conditions may hamper search efforts.

There are no further updates at this time.