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Two rescued from river face charges

The man and woman rescued Monday evening from a perch under the west end of the Burnside Bridge were arrested and charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Portland police said 21-year-old Jasighian Marie Baxter and 23-year-old Robert Arland Morehouse were lodged in the Multnomah County Jail. Their pets — two dogs and a cat — were taken by Multnomah County Animal Control.

Baxter and Morehouse were rescued by a Portland Fire and Rescue team Monday evening after they became stuck under the west end of the Burnside Bridge.

Morehouse had fallen into the Willamette River and was clinging to a pipe while waiting to be rescued.

No one was injured in the Sept. 9 rescue. The pets also were retrieved unharmed.

Portland Fire and Rescue’s team was called at about 8:15 p.m. to a restricted area under the bridge. The man and woman — later identified as Baxter and Morehouse — had climbed a fence blocking access to the area and then became stuck. The woman and the animals was stuck on a small ledge. The man had fallen into the water but climbed onto a pipe awaiting help.

Tech rescue specialists had to set up a rescue system to lower a firefighter to the individual, place a rescue harness around his waist and then hoist him and the rescuer back to safety. Fire crews were able to access the second individual and her pets with a ladder.