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Divers recover dozens of Portland scooters from Willamette River



(Photo Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND. Ear. (KPTV) – A small crowd gathered Tuesday along the seafront in Downtown Portland. They were curious about what the Multnomah County Dive Team was up on the Willamette River under the Hawthorne Bridge.

"I just saw some boats," said Ryan Alexander, "I was a little curious, I'm kind curious person."

The big question linged to many, "what were they looking for?"

"I thought someone probably jumped," Alexander said.

It did not take long for spectators to find it

"Just happen to go here and see what happens," said Myrna Sislen.

"It's fun to see them just bubble up from the surface," Julian Pscheid said.

The divers were On a mission threw their treasure, e-scooters into the river. They took up almost a dozen Tuesday. On Wednesday, deputies said they had restored 57 scooters and bikes from the river.

Scooter brands include Razor, Lime and Bird.

"Now they're on dry land, but they don't look like they're going to run anytime soon," Pscheid said.

The diving team found 15 scooters during a training exercise last year. On Tuesday, they began a two-day expedition to restore them. Eleven of scooters were recovered on Tuesday.

"To see this, I mean, I'm sorry I say it, but I think it's funny," Sislen said.

"A little sad, I'm a scooter rider myself, I own my scooter, so I really appreciate what scooters add to the Portland transport community, and it sucks someone just throws them into the water," says Pscheid.

"Love them or hate them," said the sheriff's office that scooters don't belong in the water. The concern is ecologically damaging the batteries may have on the environment. "" That's the way to see them being abused like that, "Alexander said.

"It's always entertaining, you never know what to discover driving along the Portland waterfront," said Pscheid.

The diving team uses this recovery as a training exercise, saying at the bottom of the river the sight is so dark and dark that everything must be found by touch.


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