Firefighters pull woman from river near Stewart Park

Firefighters worked Sunday night to rescue a female person who was in the river near Stewart Park.

Emergency personnel performed a water rescue on the South Umpqua River on Sunday night after three witnesses reported a female person screaming for help from the river, according to a press release from the Roseburg Fire Department.

At 7:54 p.m., firefighters responded to the call at Stewart Park. Three teenage witnesses saw the person in the water between the Stewart Park Drive bridge and the Stewart Park pavilion and called 911.

“They saw the female continue to float through the rapids and under the Stewart Park Bridge,” the department said.

Water levels along the river have been high due to recent heavy rains.

Several emergency agencies arrived on the scene and worked together to rescue the person, according the department.

Douglas County Fire District No. 2 launched a cataraft on the river at Stewart Park. At 8:48 p.m., three Roseburg Fire Department firefighters rescued the person on the southern side of the river near West Harvard Avenue and Old Melrose Road.

“Firefighters used rope bags to get the patient to shore,” the department said. “Once the patient was out of the river, Douglas County Water Rescue personnel, a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy and a Roseburg Police officer assisted with getting the patient up the embankment for transport.”

First responders with Umpqua Valley Ambulance transported the female to CHI Mercy Medical Center shortly after.

Oregon State Police also assisted rescue efforts.

The person’s name, age and condition have not been reported.

Roseburg Fire Department thanked all assisting agencies for “outstanding team effort,” according to the press release.

“With the increased rainfall and high river levels, Roseburg Fire Department is urging citizens to be cautious when walking, driving, or playing near high rivers, creeks, and lakes. Be situationally aware and pay close attention to your surroundings,” the department said.

Max Egener can be reached at and 541-957-4217. Or follow him on Twitter @maxegener.

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Max Egener is the city reporter for The News-Review. He has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and is an avid skier and backpacker.

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