Wesley J. Warmoth Death – The recovery team has found the body of a man who went under water while swimming in the Willamette River in Newberg on Monday, July 20, 2020.
The identity of the man has also been released as 18-year-old Wesley J. Warmoth, of Newberg.
According to the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue report, just after 6 p.m., they got a 911 call reporting that a friend who had been swimming in the middle of the river near Rogers Landing had gone under the water and did not resurface.
The officials says Warmoth was not wearing a life vest at the time.
The TVF&R’s rescue team arrived immediately after they were dispatched and deployed a boat to begin searching.
The rescue search after more than an hour of search transitioned from “rescue” to “recovery” mode.
Warmoth’s body was recovered at about 8:45 p.m., in about 20 feet of water a short distance downstream from Rogers Landing, says the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.
According to FOX 12 release after speaking with the decease friends who were swimming with him, said their friend was a good swimmer and had gone out past a “shelf” in the river into a deeper section of water when he started struggling.
One of his friend’s said he ran back to shore to grab a life jacket and try to help, but it was too late.
The officials say this is a tragic reminder that life jacket should be worn while swimming.