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October 03, 2023
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Family of Four Rescued from Rogue River After Canoe Flip

Grants Pass, OR – On May 27, 2023, at approximately 5:37 PM, multiple units from Grants Pass Fire, Rural Metro Fire, AMR-Josephine County, and the Josephine County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a family of four who had flipped over in a canoe on the Rogue River near Chinook Park, east of Grants Pass. 


All four occupants were thrown into the current and ended up in different spots along the river. A rescue boat from Grants Pass Fire’s Parkway Fire Station was able to launch from Chinook Park and safely extract the occupants to shore. The Sheriff's Office Marine Deputy provided support to the operation. 


The four occupants were not wearing life jackets and were subsequently transported to the hospital due to exposure to the cold-water temperature. 


This incident serves as a reminder to all who seek recreation on local rivers to be mindful of the strong currents and cold water. Life jackets should be worn whenever boating in case of a mishap like this where you unexpectedly find yourself in the water, especially in potentially unstable crafts such as canoes or kayaks. 


Here are some additional safety tips to keep in mind when boating on the Rogue River: 

Always wear a life jacket. 

Check the weather forecast before you go and be aware of the river conditions. 

Never boat alone. 

Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back. 

Be aware of your surroundings and avoid hazards such as rocks, trees, and other boats. 

Be prepared for the unexpected.

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