Search suspended for man on Rogue River

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man reported to have been trapped in the Rogue River Saturday.

The search was suspended at 11:20 a.m. after a Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter crew from Group/Air Station North Bend, Ore., conducted a five-hour search Saturday morning. No reports of missing persons ever came in, and witnesses were unable to confirm they had actually seen a man in the river.

Two witnesses reported seeing what appeared to be a man waving a shiny object while clinging to a log in the debris-choked river at approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday. The Curry County Sheriff’s Department requested assistance from the Coast Guard after attempts to put a boat in the water to search for the man failed due to rough conditions.

An HH-65 rescue helicopter crew was dispatched from Group/Air Station North Bend to search for the man. The helicopter crew returned to base after weather and lighting conditions made their search too difficult to continue.

Anyone with information that may be related this case should contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Department.

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