Family of drowning victim: 'He was a great man who loved life'

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Jack Davies

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – A brother and sister whose father drowned in the Clackamas River while swimming after his dog last week are warning others about the dangers of Oregon waterways.

Jack Davies’ children said he wasn’t the best swimmer, but he was an active 61-year-old who loved the outdoors. No one thought he would have so much trouble in the current, and so quickly.

His daughter, Rachel Davies, said Jack was trying to pull his dog, Kraven, out of the current when he went under the water.

“He cried for help and that’s when my brother jumped in,” said Rachel.

“I thought my dad would be fine,” said Will Davies. “I got the dog first. I turned and dad’s gone.”

Will Davies searched for his father, but couldn’t find him under the water.

“You can’t see through that water at all, it’s just pure green,” he said. “It’s really surprising because, I mean, it seemed like from my perspective it would be an easy situation to get out of.”

“My dad was a smart man, and he knew the dangers, but he was still deceived,” said Rachel Davies.

Four people drowned in Clackamas County last year. Rescuers said that number is on the low end for a summer season. They are reminding everyone who goes on the water to wear a life jacket.

“He was a great man who loved life,” said Rachel Davies. “He always helped me find the right path and make the right decisions.”