The Hood River Sheriff’s Office reports that a 19-year-old who went missing early Wednesday, May 17, the afternoon, is presumed dr0wned after being washed out to the Columbia River. The Hood River Sheriff’s Office, the United States Coast Guard, and local tribe authorities had not located the corpse of the missing teen as of Wednesday night.
Hood River Sherriff’s Department Deputy Joel Ives verified that the search had been called off and will resume Thursday, May 18, emphasizing recovery.
You can see a video of the Coast Guard searching for a 19-year-old man who fell into the Columbia River below-
The missing teen was reported to Hood River, SD, at about 1:15 p.m. after jumping off the Bridge of the Gods, a span between the boat launch area and Thunder Island. He was carried away from the site and eventually ended up in the Columbia River.
At around 4:59 p.m., the Coast Guard tweeted that the aircrew of a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria and other agencies were assisting in the search for the missing adolescent at Cascade Locks, Oregon.
#BREAKING #USCG Air Station Astoria helicopter aircrew & partner agencies searching for a 19-year-old male, who was last seen being swept under the Bridge of the Gods in the Columbia River after entering the water in Cascade Locks, OR.
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 17, 2023
The Coast Guard informed the public at 6:44 p.m. that local tribal agencies and employees would keep looking for the missing kid. The Coast Guard, for its part, will delay its search until new information becomes available.
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They said they spent two and a half hours combing 46 nautical miles of the Columbia River. A statement of condolences was issued, reading as follows: “Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the missing man during this unimaginably difficult time.”
You can see a tweet with the above information-
#UPDATE (2/2) #USCG searched 46 nautical miles of the Columbia River for 2.5 hours. Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of the missing man during this unimaginably difficult time.
— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) May 18, 2023
Cascade Locks Fire and EMS reported earlier in the day on Facebook that they had also responded to the search for the missing teen and included a photo of responders at the scene. A Facebook user named Jim Clark posted a warning about the “dangerous” circumstances on Thunder Island on Wednesday, claiming to have seen a dog almost drown.