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Man drowns in Columbia River near Bridgeport

Mon., July 6, 2009, 11:15 a.m.

A man drowned while swimming with friends in the Columbia River near Bridgeport sometime late Friday or early Saturday, the Douglas County Sheriff’s office reported.

The man, who is in his 20s, was reported missing from the Bridgeport City Marina around 8 p.m. Friday, Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said in a news release. The man had been swimming with friends but when they prepared to leave, they noticed he was missing.

Sheriff’s deputies launched a patrol boat and searched the lagoon area and shoreline but did not find him. About 6 a.m. Saturday, the man’s friends reported seeing a body at the bottom of the marina lagoon in about six feet of water, the release said.

The man’s body was recovered and an autopsy is planned. Deputies said that the water level dropped overnight allowing the body to be seen from the surface.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Witnesses said the man had been working in the area but might have been from California, the release said.

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