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News Release
Drowning Investigation - One man dead another victim missing - 11/16/23

ROSEBURG, Ore. - One man is dead and a second victim is presumed drowned after an incident in the South Umpqua River on Monday. 

On Monday, November 13, 2023, shortly after 1:00 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a report of two men who were trying to cross the South Umpqua river on foot when they lost their footing and fell into the water near the 1000-block of Kendall Street in Roseburg. Witnesses who called 9-1-1 reported observing both men go under water and not resurface. 

Responders from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department and Umpqua Valley Ambulance arrived at the scene and began searching. 

One of the male victims was located deceased on the riverbank. His identity is being withheld at this time pending next of kin notification. Divers from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office attempted to locate the second victim, described as a male, but were unsuccessful after two days of searching. Efforts to locate the second victim are still ongoing. 

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