Weekend Water Rescues

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — It was a busy weekend for Lane County water rescue teams. Here’s what happened on Saturday, alone. One person suffered cuts and bruises after a collision on Cottage Grove Lake involving a jet ski and power boat. At Triangle Lake, one person was hospitalized with a broken leg. On the McKenzie … Continue reading »

Divers Pull Body from Wildwood Falls

  UPDATE (July 3): The victim who died at Wildwood Falls has been identified as 16-year-old Scott Alexander Smith from Aloha, Oregon. COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Divers pulled the body of a 16-year-old boy from the Wildwood Falls, east of Cottage Grove Tuesday afternoon. Deputies say it appears the boy was attempting to rescue his … Continue reading »

Near Drowning in Cottage Grove Reservoir

COTTAGE GROVE — A close call for a woman in Cottage Grove Friday morning, after deputies say she nearly drowned in the Cottage Grove Reservoir. Lane County Search and Rescue says the woman was missing for more than an hour and had to be transported by helicopter to RiverBend Hospital. Deputies were called to the … Continue reading »

Rescue Crews Pull Body from Willamette

EUGENE, Ore. — Emergency crews and a water rescue team responded to a call about a body in the Willamette River Wednesday afternoon. Eugene police say someone driving on the I-105 freeway looked down and saw what they thought to be a person in the water. They drove to Skinner Butte Park and used binoculars … Continue reading »

Two Women Rescued on Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene and Springfield Water Rescue, Dexter Fire and the Lane County Sheriff’s Marine and Search and Rescue Units responded to a water rescue on the Willamette River Saturday. Police say around 3 p.m. a group of nine people launched their six inflatable watercraft from Elijah Bristow Park. About two miles downstream … Continue reading »

Three Rescued from McKenzie River

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Rescue workers flocked to Bellinger Landing County Park to save three people who fell in the McKenzie River on Saturday afternoon. A Eugene man, his brother and his teenage son were canoeing on the river when their boat flipped over. Rescuers say the accident shows how dangerous the McKenzie rapids can be, … Continue reading »

Woman Dies After Being Pulled from River

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Crews responded to calls of a woman floating in the McKenzie River near Hayden Bridge just after 12 a.m. Friday. The Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and Lane County Search and Rescue launched rescue boats into the McKenzie River to retrieve the woman a half mile downstream from Hayden Bridge. Witnesses said they tried … Continue reading »

Two Rescued on Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to a water rescue Saturday afternoon. Around 2 p.m. deputies rescued two people from the Willamette River. The pair said their kayak got snagged downstream from where the Willamette and McKenzie rivers converge. Lane County deputies happened to be in the area at the time and rescued the … Continue reading »

Woman Rescued from Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — A water rescue on the Willamette River Thursday afternoon ended with one woman in the hospital. Bystanders pulled the woman from the river near the Ferry Street Bridge. They say she fell in at Alton Baker Park and was swept away. Crews say the woman was in the water, which was near … Continue reading »

Water Rescue Crews Pull Man From River

EUGENE, Ore. — Water rescue crews were called to the Knickerbocker Bike Bridge around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. A bystander made the call after seeing a raft stuck in a strainer near the I-5 Willamette Bridge construction zone. When crews arrived, they found that the occupant, a man in his sixties, was already dead. He … Continue reading »

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