Roseburg man drowns at South Umpqua Falls

July 31, 2018

An 18-year-old Roseburg man died Sunday after drowning at South Umpqua Falls in the Umpqua National Forest.

Witnesses reported seeing Samuel Alford at the top of the falls alone and later finding him in the water.

First responders and bystanders attempted to resuscitate Alford, but he died at the scene.

Dispatchers initially received a 911 call around 3:30 p.m. about a man that had possibly drowned.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Bay Cities Ambulance, United States Forest Service, and the Riddle, Milo, Tiller and South Umpqua Fire Departments responded to the scene.

The Medical Examiner is currently working on the case, but there are no indications of foul play.

Sunday’s death was the first recreational drowning in Douglas County this year.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brad O’Dell said there were four recreational drownings last year.

“I was surprised we hadn’t had one,” O’Dell said. “It seems like often times we have drownings early in the summer and this year we’re well into summer before this one occurred.”

Last year a Central Point man drowned after his raft overturned in February. Four months later, the body of a Glide man was recovered after he was reported to have leaped into the river and was swept downstream in May.

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