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18-year-old apparently drowns in Willamette River

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man who apparently drowned at a riverfront park in Portland was a poor swimmer who wasn't wearing a life jacket.

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to Sellwood Park, on the East Fork of the Willamette River, late Friday afternoon, when it was reported that he was having trouble reaching shore. By the time rescuers arrived, he had gone under.

The man had reportedly been swimming near a construction barge when he began having difficulty.

The Multnomah County Sheriff Department sent divers late Friday to try to recover his body.

The young man's identity has not been released.

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