Planned River Float Concerns Deputies (Photo)
GOLD HILL, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) marine patrol deputies are concerned about the potential for problems with an impromptu gathering on the Rogue River this weekend. According to a Facebook event, “The Big D Float” could bring hundreds of people to the river.
The event is planned for the afternoon of Saturday, June 22, 2019, between Gold Hill and Rogue River. The organizers encourage people to float down the river as a large group.
Because no mass gathering permit has been granted, the event could inundate the area with people, but no added safety or security resources have been allocated. JCSO will only have normal staffing to cover all waterways in the county.
“We have concerns about so many people being on the river at once, especially with the water being so cold,” said Sergeant Shawn Richards. “Life jackets are a must and folks need to remember that it’s illegal - and unsafe - to boat while impaired.”
Off the water, deputies are concerned about traffic and parking. Neither city has ample parking or added security for unattended vehicles.
“We want people to have fun on the water,” said Sgt. Richards, “But safety should be the first priority.”