GALICE, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff's Office helped rescue five people who were stranded after being swept down the Rogue River from Indian Mary Park on Sunday, according to a statement from the agency.
The Sheriff's Office said that it received a 911 call from the Oregon Department of Forestry, reporting that four adults and one juvenile had been stranded on the island west of Indian Mary Park.
Marine patrol deputies arrived at the scene and used a jet boat to pick up all of the stranded people, found on an island about 150 yards below the park. They were taken back to the boat ramp with no reported injuries.
"The individuals had been floating on a pool toy and were swept down river. Two of the 5 people were wearing life jackets," the agency said. "The Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages everyone to wear a life jacket while recreating on and around the water."