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Report ID# 50471

  • Swim into Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • Inexperience

Accident Description

Body of woman recovered from Willamette River

Posted Sep 03, 2019

Polk County Sheriff's Office recovers body of woman missing since Saturday

The woman was missing after tubing on the Willamette River

By Jayati Ramakrishnan | The Oregonian/OregonLive

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a woman who went missing while floating the Willamette River with friends on Saturday. Searchers found the body of Tracy Allen, 37, just north of the Buena Vista Ferry at the base of a logjam, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Allen had gone missing from that same area around 2:30 p.m. Saturday when she and two friends hit a large root ball snag off the west shore of the river, authorities said. The three had tied their inner tubes together.

Two of the women got to shallow water and scrambled to an island, but Allen disappeared under the water and wasn’t seen again. Searchers said Allen knew how to swim and was wearing a life jacket, but the strong current was too much for her and the water was littered with tree debris that snagged her.

It took more than eight hours to recover Allen’s body as deputies worked through the current and had to cut multiple logs and root systems.

Another two other women who were part of the group didn’t get caught on the snag, the Sheriff’s Office said.

—Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320;; @JRamakrishnanOR

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