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Resident near Barton Park assists first responders during incident on Friday, June 19, as another person called 911

COURTESY PHOTO - Crews responded to a report of people in distress on the Clackamas River near Barton Park on Friday, June 19.

One person drowned and another was transported to the hospital after an incident on the Clackamas River near Barton Park.

Around 4 p.m. Friday, June 19, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call reporting people in distress on the river.

Upriver from Barton Park, a family was outside of their home and saw multiple people who appeared to be in distress. One was floating face-down in the water. She was later identified as Leanna Rae Middleton, 62, of Portland.

One of the residents called 911, and another took a personal floatation device and went to help.

When he reached Middleton, he held her head above water while emergency responders arrived at the scene.

Rescuers pulled Middleton from the river and performed CPR for about a half-hour, but she was not able to be revived.

Two other people on the river received first-aid from responders. One was transported to an area hospital, and the other declined medical attention.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue coordinators, the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium and a Life Flight helicopter responded to the scene.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and the Clackamas County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating Middleton's drowning.


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