Teen drowns at Willamette National Forest rec area

Teen drowns at Willamette National Forest rec area
Three Pools rec area

SALEM, Ore. - A teen drowned at a recreation area in eastern Marion County, the sheriff's office said.

Sean Kaleopa, 14, of Salem had been swimming with family at Three Pools Day Use Area, 12 miles northwest of Detroit. The area is part of the Willamette National Forest.

Family members noticed Sean was missing. They found him submerged and at the bottom of the pool of water.

Sean was pulled from the pool, and a human chain was formed by family and park goers to get him up from the river's edge, the sheriff's office said.

CPR was performed on Sean by citizens and responding fire personnel. Sean could not be resuscitated.

Sean is described by his family as the "Big brother to all."

Sean was a Houck Middle School student who was active in numerous sports, his most favorite being football.

 

Three Pools

Monday evening, several people were at the popular swiming area cooling off. 

Dakota Kamna said he's been going to Three Pools for years, jumping off the cliffs into the pristine water.

"It’s clear, you can see the bottom. You can see everywhere you ’re going to jump," Kamna said.

He arrived at the recreational area shortly after the other young man drowned.

"He fell through the waterfall and his friends jumped in and pulled him out over here and he was already purple," Kamna said.

Kamna also said the water fall is a known danger to people who are experienced cliff jumpers. 

“It’s like this big of a hole you've got to jump in to, and up above it, it’s all white, you can’t see where you're jumping in to. You just kind of guess every time," said Kamna.