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Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recovers 11 scooters from water near Hawthorne Bridge in Portland.

MCSO PHOTO - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office recovered a handful of scooters from the Willamette River on Tuesday, June 25. There's something fishy at the bottom of the Willamette River.

To be specific: water-logged electric scooters.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office's River Patrol unit expected to pull 20 of the rusted contraptions out of the water during a training mission on Tuesday, June 25.

But the haul turned out to be even bigger than anticipated.

After netting 11 scooters on Tuesday, divers returned the next day and continued to scour the submerged areas surrounding the underbelly of the Hawthorne bridge.

"The team had to quit early because they needed a bigger boat," officers noted. MCSO PHOTO - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office ended up with a haul of 57 electrics scooters and bikes. Most were presumably chucked into the river by locals.

The final tally, according to Sgt. Brandon White, was 57 — including several Biketown bikes and a far larger number of scooters distributed by Lime, Bird and Razor.

That suggests that Portlanders' antipathy to the scooters hasn't dissipated, as Razor's seated scooters only hit the streets on June 14.

When the scooters first arrived in 2018, a few irate residents created websites and social media accounts to document the creative destruction of the purported mobility solution. Others have reported "phantom" scooters that appear near the riverfront on company apps, but aren't visible in the real world — above the water line, at least.

"Sergeant Dangler says the lights are still working on this [scooter emoji]," the Sheriff's Office wrote on Twitter. "I wonder if it will still run?!"

MCSO PHOTO - Sgt. Steve Dangler with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol poses with an e-scooter whose lights were still working, despite a prolonged dip.


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