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Transient drowns in South Umpqua at Roseburg

A transient man based in Roseburg drowned in the South Umpqua River on Friday afternoon, Roseburg police said today.

Paul Gene Carroll Jr., 43, drowned around 4:50 p.m. at the Templin Beach boat ramp, about 16 hours after being released from jail, according to police.

Roseburg police responded to a possible medical aid call Friday near the Templin Beach boat ramp at the corner of Templin and Arizona streets.

Police said witnesses reported seeing Carroll come out of the bushes and fall into the river. Witnesses said Carroll was sitting upright in the water, but when they looked over several minutes later, Carroll was lying on his stomach in the water.

The water was a couple of feet deep at the most, Roseburg Police Sgt. Jeff Eichenbusch said.

A witness started CPR on Carroll but was unable to revive him. Emergency responders from Roseburg Fire Department, paramedics and Roseburg police arrived to find Carroll unresponsive.

Eichenbusch said the water where the incident occurred is relatively calm. Police there was no evidence of any injury to Carroll and there is no suspicion of foul play. The death has been classified as an accidental drowning. Next of kin has been notified.

Police said Carroll had been released from jail around 1 a.m. Friday after being arrested on suspicion of second-degree disorderly conduct six days earlier.

This is the third drowning in Douglas County this year.


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