Man dies while swimming in remote quarry

Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male. (Jackson County Sheriff’s Office)

UPDATE (June 18, 2019 at 2:35 p.m.)

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim who died Monday afternoon while swimming as Steven Reynolds, 18, or North Bend, Oregon. JCSO also reports that Reynolds also would have turned 19 years old next week.

Dr. James Olson of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death to be an accident - caused by freshwater drowning.

Reynolds’ family has been notified of his death.


ORIGINAL (June 17, 2019 at 10 p.m.)

A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.

According to Jackson County Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a 911 call at 4:10 p.m. reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry.

The Quarry is located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.

JCSO deputies and personnel from Greensprings Fire and Mercy Flights responded to the scene. Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male.

"According to witnesses, the man had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface," JCSO said in a media release. "Bystanders pulled him from the water and began CPR. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died at the scene."

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the cause and manner of death. The man’s identity will be released at a later time to allow time for family to be notified.


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