Newberg, Ore. (CBS SEATTLE) – A 15-year-old boy is in critical condition after being pulled from the Willamette River near Newberg, Ore., and spending more than 30 minutes underwater.
The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office told the News-Register that Cesar Campuzano remains in critical condition after being pulled from the water at 6:47 p.m. Monday, and airlifted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.
The Newberg Dive Rescue team responded to Rogers Landing in Newberg about 6:30 p.m. to a report of a possible drowning. Deputies said he was swimming with six-to-eight friends when he went under water. His friends tried to rescue him, but could not.
“He was pushing both of them down and then they were both struggling,” friend Destiny Neihardt told KOIN. “So then they swam back to the dock and then he just went under.”
Rescuers soon found the boy and began CPR. They estimate he was under water about 30 minutes.
Campuzano is a freshman at Newberg High School, Claudia Stewart of the school district told the News-Register. Counselors will be available at the high school to meet with students.
According to Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, the water is between 10 to 12 feet deep and the water temperature was 62 degrees at the time of the incident.