Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  06/13/2011 - 09:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Water Rescue  
Date/Time of Incident:  06/10/2011 - 12:25
Incident Location:  Umpqua River near Elkton, Oregon  
Case Number:  n/a  
Rescued:  Rutter, Gordon / 61 yoa / Roseburg, OR
Rescued:  Malikowski, Shawn / 39 yoa / Roseburg, OR

On Friday, June 10th, 2011, at about 1225 hours, Sheriff's Office Marine Deputies, Search and Rescue personnel, Douglas County Fire District II Swift Water Rescue and Elkton Fire responded to a call of two men trapped on a rock in the Umpqua River near Elkton.

Gordon Rutter and Shawn Malikowski had put their 14' aluminum fishing boat into the river at the Elkton boat ramp and traveled about 1/2 mile downstream when the motor stopped working. The boat became stuck on a large rock in the river and the two men were able to get out onto the rock.

After Marine Deputies removed the boat from the water members of the Swift Water Rescue team were able to put a rescue boat into the water and pull the men from the rock. Both were uninjured.

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