Drowning Victim at Keizer Rapids Park Identified

Posted on July 24, 2023

Keizer Police Dept. – 07/24/23 5:13 PM

Nineteen year-old Filemon Villavisencio Santos was swimming at Keizer Rapids Park on July 22nd when he jumped off the dock and never resurfaced.  Witnesses told first responders the man, who was not wearing a life jacket, had been under the water for about 10 minutes.  Officer Iliya Kuzmenko arrived at approximately 5:52pm and could see Mr. Santos about eight feet under water.  Officer Kuzmenko jumped in and, with several other park patrons, recovered his body.  Once on the dock, Officer Kuzmenko started CPR and continued until medical personnel arrived and transported Mr. Santos to the Salem Emergency Department where he was listed in critical condition.  Sometime after 5pm on Sunday July 23rd, Mr. Santos succumbed to his drowning.  At this time, it is unknown why Mr. Santos did not resurface.

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