CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Josephine County Sheriff's Office released a report about a water rescue on the Illinois River on Tuesday that saw a woman and child saved after they became stranded in the river.
The Sheriff's Office received a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday reporting that a 10-year-old boy was stranded on a rock in the middle of the river, prompting a response by deputies, staff from the Bureau of Land Management, and fire crews.
"This location is very remote and cell phone reception is minimal," the Sheriff's Office said.
Further reports described a woman pinned in the water trying to hold onto the 10-year-old, with both of them stuck among the rocks and swift water rushing around them. One report said that there was another juvenile, a girl, stuck in the water.
When units arrived at the scene, they saw the woman on the far side of the river, using a "pink unicorn inflatable" to keep her head above water. A deputy made his way across the river to help the woman get out of the water, then worked to pull in the boy who was stranded on a rock.
Meanwhile, other deputies and firefighters went downstream with "throw bags" in case someone was carried downstream. A Sheriff's Office marine patrol arrived at the scene with a small pontoon raft and rowed across the river, ferrying both juveniles and their mother back to shore.
AMR paramedics assessed each of them, finding that the woman had a small injury to her ankle.
"The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage everyone to be safe while in and around the water," JCSO said. "Take all precautions necessary to enjoy your activities."