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Sheriff's Office continues search for swimmer lost near Gold Hill

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that a California man went into the Rogue River on Sunday afternoon and has not yet been found.

Posted: May 3, 2021 4:04 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 12:03 PM

GOLD HILL, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is continuing the search for a man who disappeared while swimming in the Rogue River on Sunday afternoon.

Deputies responded to Rock Point Bridge near Gold Hill shortly after 4 p.m., having received reports about the missing swimmer. JCSO Marine units, Search & Rescue, and Fire District 3 crews responded to assist with the search, which lasted into nightfall.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a group from California was visiting from California and went down to the river near Rock Point Bridge that afternoon. Witnesses told investigators that they were not planning to swim, but one man decided to go into the water in order to cool off. He was identified as 21-year-old Jesus Flores-Galindo of the Lamont, California area.

After entering the river, witnesses said that Flores-Galindo suddenly went under the surface and "came up splashing." JCSO said that Flores-Galindo may not have known how to swim, and may have stepped into a deep pool amid the cold river temperatures.

JCSO SAR helped with search efforts that continued on Monday. After two passes by dive teams, airplane flights over the area, use of boats and the deployment of an underwater drone, searchers were still unable to find Flores-Galindo.

Search teams continued to traverse the area Tuesday in an effort to find the missing man, and JCSO said that the operation will continue until further notice.


EDIT: An earlier version of this story cited a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, which said that the agency had suspended its search. An agency spokesman later clarified that the search was only halted overnight, and continues during daylight hours until further notice.

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