Nearly-Drowned Rogue River Fisher In Critical Condition

By Sharon Ko

SHADY COVE, Ore. — A man fishing in the Rogue River is in serious condition after he almost drowned while fishing. Witnesses say 45-year-old Robert McGarvey was fishing upstream. They say he possibly had a stroke causing him to fall into the water.

Some fishers downstream say they saw McGarvey floating face down in the river. Several people helped pull him to shore and some say his face was purple-colored. Witnesses who knew CPR tried to resuscitate McGarvey before paramedics arrived.

Emergency responders were able to resuscitate him and made the decision to fly him out to a hospital. Shady Cove Fire says McGarvey was in a coma-like state and witnesses believe he is lucky to be alive.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police also responded. Providence Medford Medical Center says McGarvey is in critical condition. As the summer approaches, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is emphasizing water safety. For ways to keep you and your family safe click here.