Body of missing swimmer recovered from Clackamas River

Body of missing swimmer recovered from Clackamas River
Meagan O'Meara-Clark. (Photo from Facebook)

NEAR CARVER, Ore. -- The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said divers have recovered the body of a woman who disappeared in the Clackamas River near the Carver boat ramp Friday afternoon.

Meagan O'Meara-Clark, 26, of Canby, was rafting at about 4 p.m. upriver from the boat ramp. She got off the raft to swim and disappeared beneath the surface of the river.

The body was found in about 15 feet of water downriver from where she was last seen, according to Sgt. Robert Wurpes. Her body was turned over to the state medical examiner’s office.

A family member looking for the body first spotted it at around 3 p.m., Wurpes said. They had been searching the river bank since Sunday morning.

One witness said O'Meara-Clark was rafting in an area she not supposed to be in. Swimmers say the current sucks people under at the spot because the water swirls around an area known as Kipling's Rock.

Sheriff's deputies said she was not wearing a life jacket.

O’Meara-Clark graduated from Canby High School. Her cousin, Nolan O’Meara, said she wasn’t drinking before she disappeared.

“I can’t stress it enough. Wear your life jacket on the river. We don’t want to have to cry for you guys either,” said O’Meara on Saturday.