18 year old Cave Junction man drowns in Illinois River

Cave Junction, Ore. — Residents in Cave Junction are remembering the life of a young man who drowned in the Illinois River Fast night. Quentin Yoshiwara, 18, was pulled out of the water by a local resident, who had seen him swimming in the area earlier that day. By the time emergency crews responded, they say he was already gone.

On Thursday, friends of Yoshiwara gathered above the river where he drowned, and placed flowers and candles near a tree. His girlfriend, Morghan Morrison, said he was full of life.

“He was non-judgmental, and really caring about everyone,” Morrison said. “He had a lot of love and respect for everyone, no matter what their life was.”

According to the Illinois Valley Fire District, Yoshiwara was swimming by himself in the river near the 4700 block of Waldo road on Wednesday. Jason Bayless, a spokesperson with the department, said later that night, crews received a call of a man who had drowned in that area.

“They attempted to do CPR, and then after that they pronounced him deceased,” Bayless said.

Bayless says our rivers are only going to get more populated as the summer approaches, and safety needs to be everyone’s number one priority.

“If you’re going to go swimming have somebody around who can call for help.”

Oregon State Police are assisting in the investigation. The body has been turned over to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy is expected to be scheduled in the next couple of weeks.

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