By Danielle Craig
NEAR GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Just days before his 21st birthday, a Grants Pass man is believed to have drowned in the Rogue River. Sean Kreuger is one of at least five people who have lost their lives in the river this year alone.
This recent drowning happened Monday night around 5 p.m. in Griffen Park – that’s just outside of Grants Pass. After an unsuccessful rescue mission the night before, divers and tenders went searching for the 20-year-old’s body Tuesday morning.
About a dozen people are searching with three boats going up and down the river. Josephine County Sheriff’s officials say Kreuger was trying to cross the river when he was pulled beneath the water. They say the water most likely appeared calmer on the surface than it really was.
“The problem is you have a lot of depths in water; you have a lot of different obstructions that are down there,” explains Josephine County Marine Deputy Ernie Fields. “The river is going to be slower on the top than it is down toward the middle of the river.”
Teams will stay out as long as crews are available and conditions are safe for the divers.