Authorities say cold water conditions likely a factor in drowning death
A 24-year-old Oregon man has been identified as the victim of a drowning that occurred Friday on the North Fork of the Lewis River, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Allums N. Robinson, 24, of Klamath Falls, began having difficulties swimming and slipped beneath the water, prompting the response from Clark County Fire and Rescue and the sheriff’s office at about 3:15 p.m.
Witnesses reported seeing Robinson among a group of four people on the bank of the North Fork at the confluence of Cedar Creek. Robinson and another individual went into the river to swim. The second swimmer returned safely to the shore, according to the sheriff’s office.
Robinson was found in about 15 feet of water deceased and presumed drowned, according to the sheriff’s office.
Clark County Fire and Rescue personnel were unable to reach the body, prompting a request for divers. The Clark County Medical Examiner was also at the scene.
“The death is under investigation but appears to be an accidental drowning,” a press release from the sheriff’s office reads. “Current cold water conditions are likely a contributing factor in the drowning.”