OAKLAND, Ore. — A 15-year-old girl from Roseburg drowned on Sunday after being swept into an area of rapids on the Umpqua River during a family outing, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Dispatchers received a call for a water rescue near the Yellow Creek Boat Ramp outside of Oakland shortly after 6:30 p.m. that evening.
Responders arrived to learn that 15-year-old Aliya Yazmin Grizzard of Roseburg had been floating on an inflatable air mattress in the Umpqua River with her family. While paddling down the river, Grizzard and her mattress were swept down through a rapid, tossing her into the water. DCSO said that Grizzard was not wearing a life jacket at the time.
Members of Grizzard's family and bystanders tried to find the girl after calling 911. Someone eventually found Grizzard and pulled her to shore to perform life-saving efforts, but she could not be revived.