Douglas County Sheriff's Office


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

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  06/20/2011 - 09:00
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Probable Drowning  
Date/Time of Incident:  06/19/2011 - 16:40
Incident Location:  Umpqua River near 11000 block of Garden Valley Road, Roseburg, OR  
Case Number:  11-2220  
Victim:  Wallace, Drake / 18 yoa / Roseburg, OR
Witness:  Bradley, Marko / 19 yoa / Roseburg, OR
Witness:  Cluver, Matthew / 18 yoa / Roseburg, OR
Witness:  16 yoa male / Roseburg, OR

On Sunday, June 19, 2011, at about 1640 hours, deputies responded the Umpqua River in the 11000 block of Garden Valley Road, to a report of a swimmer who had gone under the current and had not been seen for several minutes.

Douglas County Sheriff Dive Team members and the Marine Patrol were called to the scene. A boat was launched and divers searched the water but the swimmer, 18 year old Drake Wallace, was not found. Deputies continued searching until the evening hours. They are back at the scene this morning continuing the search efforts.

Deputies learned that 4 young men had rode their bicycles from Roseburg out Garden Valley Road. They decided to go for a swim in the river to cool down. Wallace had swam across the river and was attempting to swim back when he was pulled under water and was not seen again. It was reported that he was very tired and had been experiencing cramps while swimming across the first time.

Next of kin has been notified.

The Sheriff's Office would like to remind you that despite the warmer weather, the water temperatures are 45 - 50 degrees in the Umpqua River. Cold water is dangerous. Swimming in cooler water can cause people to fatigue much quicker than normal. Citizens should be extremely careful when swimming in colder water.

Here are a few water safety tips to keep you SAFE:

* When using the waterways for boating, fishing, or swimming, be aware of the current, depth and underwater hazards.
* When boating and swimming, wear life jackets!
* Know your limitations and don't underestimate the powerful water currents.
* Never use alcohol or drugs while you’re swimming, diving or in a boat.
* Young children should be closely supervised around water!

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