Woman presumed drowned in Clackamas River near Carver

Woman presumed drowned in Clackamas River near Carver »Play Video
Meagan O'Meara-Clark. (Photo from Facebook)

NEAR CARVER, Ore. – A Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy says the effort to find a young woman who disappeared in the Clackamas River near the Carver boat ramp Friday afternoon is now a recovery effort.

The woman, identified as 26-year-old Meagan O'Meara-Clark of Canby, was rafting and at about 4 p.m. upriver of the boat ramp. She got off the raft to swim and disappeared beneath the surface of the river. Her boyfriend began screaming for her and 9-1-1 was called.

Searchers from the sheriff’s office and nearby fire agencies are using underwater cameras, divers and boats in the effort to find the woman.

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 say O'Meara-Clark was not wearing a life jacket.

The search was suspended late Friday night, but resumed Saturday morning.