Man drowns in Rogue River boating accident

Update (07-23-19 12:25 p.m.) – Deputies have identified the man who drowned in the Rogue River Monday as 54-year-old Jon Van Valkenburg of Medford.


SHADY COVE, Ore. – A man died in a boating accident on the Rogue River Monday.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said just before noon on July 22, dispatchers received a call about a possible drowning in Shady Cove.

The caller said his father had gone underwater with his hand caught in a raft’s anchor rope. He was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

When first responders arrived at the location, they found the drowning victim unresponsive about a quarter-mile downstream from the Upper Rogue River Park boat ramp.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The drowning death is currently under investigation. No further information was released by the sheriff’s office.

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