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An 8-year-old boy drowned in the Sandy River on Tuesday, July 30, near Oxbow Regional Park.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Emergency crews responded to Oxbow Regional Park today, July 30, where an 8-year-old boy drowned in the Sandy River.

An 8-year-old boy drowned in the Sandy River near Oxbow Regional Park on Tuesday, July 30.

The boy was at the park with his family and was playing in the water just off the boat launch ramp.

He was not wearing a life jacket when he disappeared around 12:30 p.m.

The Gresham Fire Department responded at 12:55 p.m. to reports of a swimmer missing at Oxbow Park. Upon arrival crews spoke with family members and they stated that the boy had been swimming with family members without a lifejacket and had gone down in the water.

He hadn't been seen for about 20-30 minutes prior to calling 911.

The lack of cellular phone service in the area of Oxbow Park delayed the response by first responders.

Crews from Gresham Fire, Clackamas Fire, Corbett Fire, AMR and MCSO responded to the call. Gresham Fire rescue swimmers found the child at 2:20 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gresham Fire wants to remind anyone enjoying the waterways this summer to not swim alone and always wear a lifejacket. Water temperatures are cold, and the water can be swift with rapidly changing conditions.

American Medical Response provides trained lifeguards that patrol the Sandy River during the summer months at Glenn Otto Community Park in Troutdale. There are no lifeguards on duty at any other public access beaches along the Sandy River.

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