The photograph of Mr. Yau is courtesy of Emily Goodykoontz provided to the
Sheriff's Office by the Linn Benton Communtiy College / The Commuter.
The drowning victim from Tuesday's tragic
incident has been identified as Kung Shing Yau, age 25, of Hong Kong, China. Mr.
Yau was a student at Linn Benton Community College and had been studying abroad
in the United States for the last 7 years.
The Sheriff's Office's
thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Yau's family, friends and classmates.
Tuesday afternoon a 25 year old swimmer went
missing after jumping from a cliff, into the water at the upper pool of the 3
Pools Recreation Area. Last night Kayaker's called the Sheriff's Office and told
deputies they believed they had found the body of the missing man down river
near the pools.
Early this morning around 9:00 a.m., water rescue teams
with the Salem Fire Department and the Jefferson Fire Department waded out into
the water and recovered the man's body. The Sheriff's Office is not prepared to
release the name of the victim as his family has still not yet been contacted.
With memorial weekend closing in, the Sheriff's Office knows that our
wilderness area will see an increase in visitors. Residents and visitors should
be aware that river waters are still very high, cold and full of debris. If you
are planning to visit these areas, below are a few tips you can use for a safe
1. Never Swim Alone
2. Avoid Alcohol and Marijuana
3. Wear a lifejacket
4. Know how to perform CPR
how and where you can call 911
The North Fork area of the Santiam River
is a remote but popular destination. The North Fork has very little to no
cellular phone reception. There are 2 911 call boxes located along the roadway.
The first call box is mounted on the outside wall of the Elk Horn Fire Station
and the second box can be found at the entrance to Salmon Falls Park.
are encouraging all visitors to the area to please use caution and come prepared
when visiting our natural resources.
B-Roll footage of the recovery
efforts can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5n3lcb8642gh8ps/AADBlTobSN2Uz8LqLO4u3p76a?dl=0
Today deputies with the Marion County
Sheriff's Office, the Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team as well as the
Water Rescue Team from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office searched the waters
of 3 Pools for the missing 25 year old man.
Despite their best efforts
the man was not located. Due to high waters and treacherous conditions all
further searches for the missing man have been suspended. The Sheriff's Office
has still not been able to contact the missing mans family but those efforts are
underway. Until the mans family can be located and notified of this tragic
incident his name will not be released.
In light of yesterday's tragic
events the Sheriff's Office would like to remind residents and visitors to use
extreme caution in open waters,know your swimming ability and always wear a life
Deputies are currently searching the
water in the 3 Pools area of the North Fork River for a swimmer who went missing
around 4 p.m. today. A 25 year old man was swimming with friends at the popular
swimming destination when he did not resurface.
Search and rescue
swimmers are currently searching the pools but have not been able to find the
man who is presumed drowned. The 3 Pools Recreation Area is now closed and will
remain closed until dive operations can be completed.
operations are scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. tomorrow. The 3
Pools Recreation area is a remote location accessed by dirt roads in a heavily
forested area with no cellular service for miles. If you intend to send a crew
please be prepared for the drive and stage in the parking lot area for 3 Pools,
a PIO will be available and on scene at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.