Douglas County Sheriff's Office


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

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  08/22/2012 - 10:15
Contact Person:  Andrea Zielinski  
Contact Number:  541-440-4486  
Subject:  Water Rescue  
Date/Time of Incident:  08/21/2012 - 17:06
Incident Location:  Whistlers Park  
Case Number:  N/A  
Rescued:  Dring, Derek / 31 YOA / Roseburg
Witness/Rescuer:  Eaton,Brad / 19 YOA/ Winston

On Tuesday, August 21 at approximately 5:00 PM Douglas County Communications received a report of a male adult and three children who were dumped in the river after their inner tubes they were floating on were overturned.

Derek Dring was floating the river above Whistlers Park with 3 children ages ranging from 4 to 9 years of age. Dring had the children’s inner tubes tied to his. The tubes overturned throwing the kids into the swift water. One 4 year old was stranded on a rock near the incident while the other two children, ages 7 and 9, floated down river. Dring swam down river after the children and was able to get them to rocks in the middle of the river. The stranded 4 year old was accompanied by Brad Eaton, who observed the incident and swam out to the rock to stay with the young child.

Douglas County Fire District #2 Swift Water Rescue Team was able to reach everyone who was stranded and get them to shore safely with the use of a raft. All children were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported.

Douglas County Fire District #2, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and BLM responded to the incident.

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