Eugene Man Found in Columbia River

THE DALLES, Ore. — [UPDATE] Skamania County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 19-year-old James Hawkins, a resident of Eugene, just west of the Dalles dam on Sunday. Officials say the teen was swimming from the Oregon side of the bank to a small island but got caught by a swift current on the way back to shore.

Original Story:

A 19-year-old man from Eugene is missing after swimming in the Columbia River Sunday evening.

The man was swimming near The Dalles Dam when the people he was with said he was taken downstream by a strong current. 911 was called and emergency responders from Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police arrived on scene within a few minutes.

Several boats went out looking for the man and they continued searching until it was too dark to navigate the river.

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office says rescue efforts will continue Monday with rescue members/volunteers from the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and a dive team from Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.


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  1. Linda H says:

    this sadly may be my third cousin that is missing and presumed dead. I am really hoping this isn’t it. His mother and siblings are there or on their way up. His dad is at home waiting any news he hears.

    1. leslie b says:

      I don’t know who it is…but will say a prayer for you and your family! <3

      1. Linda H says:

        Well sadly if this is the same story then Jimmy’s body been recovered.. I did not know him but I knew his father.. Tragic loss either way. Keep his family (mother, father and siblings in your thoughts and prayers)

  2. KEZI says:

    James Hawkins’ body has been recovered. We’ll have the story tonight at 5PM.

  3. Linda H says:

    Sadly it is my cousin’s son..I never got a chance to meet him, but I know he will be missed by loved ones immensley..

  4. kailee says:

    I’ve know this kid for years and im so sad that hes gone. He was an amazing and wonderful person he wi forever be missed and always in my prayers.

  5. Patti says:

    He was one of my daughters very best friends, they had an on and off relationship and I know they adored eachother. Though I didn’t know him long I grew to love him. My husband and I have been devastated all day and unable to reach our daughter who I know is going to be crushed. I just want to say that James was very intelligent, very kind and softspoken. I am so sad. I feel so extremely sympathetic to his family. I can not express how very sorry I am.

  6. Jordan Glenn says:

    R.I.P James William Hawkins, you were amazing and helped me alot, i love you so much cousin

  7. Brianna Kemper says:

    I would love to know if there is going to a service held for James. He had many good friends in the area would would like to know. He was a truly amazing kid with a genuinely kind soul. Please keep us informed. God Bless.

  8. Linda H says:

    So far as I understand thru his aunt (James’s father’s sister) there is currently no plans. I am sure they will be soon. Other will know before me but If i hear anything I will post it..

  9. jamica says:

    i new him….he was a relly good friend.

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  11. janice preston says:

    Our sincerest sympathy’s to Jimmy parents and to his siblings. I am Jimmy’s second cousin Janice. I know his father well and although I have never met his son Jimmy, he will forever have the love of his Family and true friends.

    We love you Jimmy…. Love Janice, Tim and Josh Preston.

  12. MM says:

    There will be a time to view James if anyone would like to on Friday from 2-5 at Buell Funeral Chapel 320 N 6th St. And then at Emerald Park around 6 we’ll have a Celebration of Life potluck.

  13. Phoebe says:

    I would have gone to his funeral, but i just found out about his passing. He was so caring and kind, one of the nicest people i’ve ever met in my life. GREAT PERSONALITY! Everyone who knew him never had ONE bad thing to say about him. My love goes out to all his family and friends. My last memory was playing Apples to Apples with him at New Roads. He was so kind, and a blast to be around! He always had something clever and funny to say:)

    1. Phoebe says:

      wish i had the chance to hug him:(

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