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Child drowns at Hagg Lake, no sign of family

Photo Credit: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Searchers will continue looking for the family of a child who drowned in Hagg Lake on Tuesday.Hagg Lake was closed Tuesday as searchers looked for the family of a child believed to have drowned there Monday evening.

The Newberg Fire Department Dive Team was expected to join the Washington County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol in an aquatic search around 10 a.m. Sheriff’s officials said early Tuesday they fear there may be more drowning victims.

Around 6:30 p.m. Monday, sheriff’s deputies arrived to the lake, in the community of Gaston, after witnesses spotted a young child unconscious in the water.

Lake goers had pulled the child, thought to be around 4 years old, from the water and had performed CPR until emergency workers could arrive, though the child was soon pronounced dead.

A search of the area revealed a beach towel, cooler, shoes and other personal items on the beach close to where the child was found, WCSO officials said Tuesday. A vehicle registered to the same person whose belongings were found on the beach was also discovered in the parking lot.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue tweeted around 7:23 p.m. that there was evidence indicating additional people may still be in the water near the Sain Creek Picnic Area.

Rescue boats continued to search the lake well into the night before suspending the operation at 10:30 p.m. The sheriff’s office announced early Tuesday that Hagg Lake would be completely closed throughout the day to allow for an uninterrupted search of the lake and surrounding area.

Authorities said the child was not wearing a life jacket despite the fact that the county has a free program offering life jackets to anyone going swimming. Some of those life jackets were available yards from where the boy drowned.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the child’s cause of death, though there were no obvious signs of trauma, according to the Washington County Medical Examiner.