Search Suspended For Possible Drowning Victim - 800 NE Highland Street - 4-9-19

Roseburg Fire Department

At 5:48 PM on April 9, 2019, Roseburg Fire Department personnel responded to a reported water rescue in the river by Gaddis Park and the I5 freeway.  The reporting party stated a male subject wearing a dark sweatshirt was seen in the river with his arms flailing around in the water. 

Firefighters arrived on scene to find high, swift waters and began a rapid search of the area with personnel from assisting agencies.  Unfortunately, a search of the area was unsuccessful in locating the reported victim.  Due to hazardous water conditions, the search has been suspended due to safety concerns.  At this time, one person is missing and presumed drowned.

Assisting agencies included Douglas County Fire District #2 (Water Rescue Team), Douglas County

Sheriff’s Office (Marine Division), Roseburg Police Department, and Umpqua Valley Ambulance.

As the weather continues to present challenges and river levels are extremely high with large amounts of debris, the Roseburg Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the dangers and to be extremely careful.  Remember to stay away from swift moving rivers and streams.

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