Body found by Coast Guard in Columbia River

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A body was found in the Columbia River Sunday morning, making it the second one found in the waterway in the past week.

The Coast Guard found the body of an adult male floating in the North Portland harbor just before 10:30 a.m.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office river patrol deputies are investigating the incident and are working to identify the man and notify his family.

The recovery comes just three days after the agency recovered the body of another adult male in the same river.

That recovery was made Thursday evening after crews aboard a Tidewater tug and barge spotted the body near the Interstate 5 Bridge about 5:45 p.m. The deceased person has not been identified.

On Friday, July 12, a woman and her granddaughter were enjoying the afternoon on the beach at Vancouver's Wintler Park, upstream of the I-5 Bridge, when they saw an adult man enter the water, swim far out into the channel, and then disappear.

Authorities searched the river and its banks for a possible drowning victim, but were unable to locate the swimmer.