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Man drowns Sunday at Cowlitz River in Castle Rock

Man drowns Sunday at Cowlitz River in Castle Rock


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One person drowned and his brother was rescued from the Cowlitz River in Castle Rock Sunday afternoon, Cowlitz County Fire District 6 and police officials confirmed Monday.

Mauro Vazques-Delores, 24, of Tualatin, Oregon died of freshwater drowning, according to the Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office. His death was deemed accidental and no foul play is suspected.

A 911 call came in to the dispatch center at around 3:23 p.m to report that two individuals in the 1300 block of Huntington Avenue — a person in their 20s and a teenager — were struggling out in the river near Lions Pride Park. 

Vazques-Delores, his brother and their friends were playing around in the water in that area when one brother went into the water and began drowning, Castle Rock Police Chief Scott Neves said in Monday's city council meeting. The other brother went in to save him but then started drowning himself, Neves said.

“Due to the quick action of bystanders, EMS and Officer (William) Zimmerman were able to save one brother but not the other,” Neves said.

More information, including details of Vazques-Delores’ death as well as the name of the rescued person, were not made available.


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