Search resumes for young girl in Oregon River
Sunday, January 22, 2012
ESTACADA, Ore (AP) -- Authorities say a man raced along the Clackamas River in Oregon but couldn't keep up with his 6-year-old daughter who had fallen into the stream and was swept on downriver.
Rescue workers looked for Vinesa Snegur (SNEE'-gur) Sunday afternoon and resumed their search Monday morning at the waterway running fast and cold from a winter storm.
Sgt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County sheriff's office says the water temperature is just above freezing, and the river is carrying a heavy load of debris, imperiling rescue workers. Poor visibility kept a National Guard helicopter on the ground Monday morning.
Rhodes says the girl and her parents, from Portland, drove about 60 miles southeast to the spot near Austin Hot Springs in the Mount Hood National Forest to play in the snow.