By Rob Scott
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The body of a man who drowned after he jumped off his raft to save his dog Thursday has yet to be recovered. Rural Metro Fire responded to a call Thursday afternoon and began the search for the man who was not wearing a life jacket.
Hellgate Jetboat Excursions had a boat going through the area at the time and were alerted to the situation by the female passenger who was still in the raft the man had jumped out of. Hellgate Jetboat driver Donny Brent immediately called 9-1-1 and started to look for the man who had last been seen floating face down.
“Fifty one people on board they just stepped up to the plate. Like I said we posted look outs, everybody did everything they could just to have every bit of eyes we could on the river” said Brent.
The Oregon Department of Forestry had a helicopter in the area that was looking for wildfires started by lightning strikes. The helicopter assisted in the search for the man by flying over the river, but had an in flight emergency had to land at Hog Creek Boat Landing. The helicopter landed safely and nobody was injured.