Boy, 13, drowns in Vancouver pond

Boy, 13, drowns in Vancouver pond

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A 13-year-old Portland boy drowned Saturday in a Vancouver pond.

DiMaggio Lee was swimming in Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Sgt. Fred Neiman said Lee was swimming in the east side of the pond Saturday afternoon. The east side is not the swimming area.

Lee was pronounced dead at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland just after 11 p.m., the Multnomah County Medical Examiner said.

There are no lifeguards on duty at Klineline Pond, according to the Vancouver Parks and Recreation website.

The Parks and Recreation department had to cut more than $1.5 million from its budget in 2010. Lifeguards were among the cuts.

"I think it was good to have lifeguards here," said Megan Hepp, who was at the pond Sunday. "They did keep a good watch on kids in the water. A lifeguard would roll around in the canoe and they would patrol the farther side of the dock and make sure no one went swimming beyond that."

The park currently has a shed near the water with life jackets inside that families are encouraged to borrow.

10-year-old Jacob Duran witnessed the drowning. He said Lee was pulled from the water a few yards away from a concrete pier.

"I was in the water in one of the tubes and everyone was rushing over to that pier," said Duran. "And my mom told me to get out of the water because someone was drowning. That's all I know, I saw everyone pulling him out."