Body of missing swimmer found in Rogue River

The 44-year-old was found 500 yards downstream from where he was last seen swimming without a life jacket.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 4:15 PM

NEAR GALICE, Ore. --

Update: 8/16/19 4:15 p.m.

Josephine County Search and Rescue divers continued searching the Rogue River near Galice for Jason Briggs with assistance from the Jackson County Marine Division.

Around 1:30 PM, the body of Jason Briggs was located and recovered by Search and Rescue personnel. Briggs was located approximately 500 yards downstream from where he was last seen on August 15, 2019. This case will now be turned over to Deputy State Medical Examiner, Dr. James Olson.

It was reported Jason Briggs, 44 years of age, was swimming across the Rogue River approximately ¼ mile below the Galice Resort. According to friends on scene, Briggs went under water and was not seen again. When friends called 911 from Galice Resort, personnel from the Galice Resort used a raft to start a search along the river. The Sheriff’s Office as well as Rural Metro Fire Department responded and began searching the area for Briggs. Searchers walked the riverbanks and additional personnel searched the water with the Sheriff’s Office marine boat.

Original: 8/15/19 10:30 p.m.

Rural Metro Fire said a swimmer is missing and presumed drowned in the Rogue River, near a recreational area just below Rocky Riffle. Rescue teams from Rural Metro , AMR-Josephine County, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Josephine County Sheriff's Office searched until dark but were unable to find the man. The search will continue Friday morning.

Crews said the incident happened in a section of the river that is deceptively calm on the surface. They add the section unfortunately also serves as reminder that the Rogue River is notorious for catching swimmers off-guard because of the strong currents below the surface.

Crews said they've seen this happen countless times. They want anyone who is having fun out on the Rogue to avoid attempts to swim across, always wear a functioning life jacket, and to drink responsibly.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 3927

Reported Deaths: 148
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah104058
Marion90525
Washington69017
Clackamas29010
Deschutes1190
Linn1169
Umatilla1113
Polk9610
Lane672
Yamhill657
Jackson570
Benton555
Clatsop450
Klamath410
Coos310
Malheur280
Josephine251
Jefferson250
Douglas250
Wasco181
Columbia160
Hood River120
Morrow120
Lincoln90
Tillamook60
Curry60
Union60
Crook50
Wallowa20
Sherman10
Grant10
Harney10
Baker10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 94020

Reported Deaths: 3754
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles450172106
San Diego6559249
Riverside6464290
Orange5336131
San Bernardino4365176
Alameda284793
Santa Clara2617139
San Francisco236740
San Mateo183376
Kern182429
Tulare164175
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno144822
Contra Costa132136
Sacramento129356
Imperial114523
Ventura91230
San Joaquin75233
Stanislaus62928
Kings5172
Sonoma4824
Solano45520
Monterey3958
Marin38814
San Luis Obispo2581
Merced2516
Santa Cruz1922
Yolo19022
Placer1849
Napa1013
Humboldt932
Madera842
El Dorado740
San Benito702
Nevada411
Sutter402
Shasta364
Butte340
Mono341
Yuba281
Del Norte230
Mendocino210
Inyo191
Mariposa151
Calaveras130
Lake120
Glenn120
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Plumas40
Tuolumne30
Tehama31
Alpine20
Lassen20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
55° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 55°
Brookings
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 51°
Crater Lake
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 49°
Grants Pass
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 52°
Klamath Falls
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 49°
Hot temperatures next week
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Sunday, May 24 evening weather

Image

Sunday, May 24 morning weather

Image

Saturday, May 23 evening weather

Image

Saturday, May 23 morning weather

Image

Nate Bittle wins Prep Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Image

The City of Ashland is deciding what's next for the city hall building

Image

Friday, May 22nd Evening Weather

Image

Grants Pass optimistic amid tax revenue loss

Image

Ashland projects millions in tax revenue losses

Image

Tax revenue takes big hit during COVID-19