Juan Manuel Mukul, 24
Rescue crews pulled the body of Juan Manuel Mukul, 24, from the river just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Search and Rescue crews from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Dive Team, Estacada Fire, Boring Fire, American Medical Response, Tualatin Valley Fire Rescue, Gladstone Fire and Clackamas Fire District all responded to help locate Mukul.
Crews were first alerted to Mukul’s disappearance around 2 a.m. Wednesday. A man called Clackamas County emergency dispatch to report that Mukul had fallen into the river and never resurfaced.
“A group of guys decided they were going to go down to the lake around 2 in the morning. They were using their cell phones for light. The trail goes down to a big rock that’s about 15 to 20 feet in the water and when they got to a split in the trail, one guy decided to run ahead of the group. He slipped and fell. All his friends heard was just one splash,” said Sgt. Scott Napoli with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Rescuers actively searched for Mukul, who according to friends at the staging area, had not lived in Estacada long.
Mukul recently moved to the area from Mexico, friends said.
They also said they did not believe he knew how to swim.
The search continued for more than five hours along the embankment of “Estacada Lake,” a local reference to this portion of the Clackamas River.
The focus was on the river’s northern bank, close to Estacada’s town center, and a command post was established at the upper boat launch area in McIver Park along Estacada Lake.
Mukul’s body was pulled from the water just before 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Sgt. Napoli said alcohol was a contributing factor in Mukul’s drowning.