A man in his 20s is feared drowned this evening at the Vancouver Landing dock near the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.
Divers were still searching after 9:30 p.m. for a man who called for help and then went under in the Columbia River at Vancouver Landing dock, which is adjacent the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. He was thought to be 24 or 25 but no identification was found, said Clark County Marine Patrol Deputy Todd Baker.
Teens swimming off the dock said the man seemed to be joking and all of a sudden was struggling. Baker said some of the teens jumped in to help and a nearby boater threw a life ring.
"He said 'help' and went under," Baker said. "Drowning is a quick thing."
"Swimming off the dock is against city code, and I had warned kids earlier not to swim there," Baker said. He said swimmers were not wearing life jackets.
Baker said he believed this is Vancouver's first drowning of the summer.
At least five fire and marine agencies responded to the drowning.