Crews Cautious After Raft Flips on River

Raft Flips on RogueNEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — Rescue crews responded to the Rogue River after a raft flipped and dumped 10 people into the water Friday afternoon, but everyone was able to make it to shore safely.

Shady Cove Fire officials said the raft hit a log in the water just outside of Casey State Park near Shady Cove. A bystander called 911 and crews from Shady Cove Fire and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team responded. Luckily, the rafters were in a shallow area near the shore and safely got to shore on their own.

Fire officials say they expect to see even more people on the river this weekend, and are urging rafters to stay safe.

“Don’t drink alcohol, bring your life jacket,” said Rick Lowe of Fire District 4. “The river temperature is 51 degrees, so it’s still real cold, even though it’s 100 degrees outside, the river can still be real cold on your body.”

Shady Cove firefighters say they will be standing by this weekend in case of a call for a water rescue or emergency.