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Divers from the Lake Oswego Fire Department located the body, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Boaters ride around Hagg Lake.A man drowned at Hagg Lake Monday afternoon, July 25, according to the Washington County's Sheriff's Office.

The man's body was recovered Tuesday, July 26, after a two-day search effort — initially described as a water rescue, and then, more grimly, as a recovery operation.

"They were swimming offshore, and (we) believe they were swimming without a flotation device," Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Danny DiPietro said of the drowning victim. "Deputies were told an adult male had been swimming when family members saw him go under water and fail to resurface."

A sheriff's patrol was on the lake and responded to the area where the swimmer was last seen.

The search was suspended due to excessive heat Monday afternoon and resumed Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, divers from the Lake Oswego Fire Department located the body.

"Lake Oswego Fire came back out with three divers this morning and the second diver down found him just a little further up from where they were diving yesterday," said Gaston Rural Fire District Chief David Morris, whose agency also assisted with the search.

The name of the swimmer has not been released.

In August 2021, a 61-year-old Beaverton man drowned after he apparently got out of his kayak to swim in the lake.

In 2017, a 68-year-old man drowned at Hagg Lake.

At the Sain Creek Picnic Area, a family of four drowned in 2014.

The county has placed 13 different free life jacket stations around the lake to promote safety. Officials caution that the water is very cold, there are steep dropoffs in the underwater topography of the lake in places, and lake-goers should carry a flotation device for safety.


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