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Searchers find body of boy in the Rogue River near Baker Park

Searchers Thursday morning recovered the body of a 7-year-old Wimer boy who apparently drowned Wednesday night while playing in the Rogue River near Baker Park.Josephine County sheriff's Deputy Cory Krauss said Dakota Vincent reportedly went into the water about 100 yards upstream from the Debbs Potts Memorial Bridge, and that the boy's body was found Thursday in about 8 feet of water about 50 feet downstream from the bridge.The bridge is informally known as the Grants Pass Parkway Bridge. Baker Park is located on the south side of the river near the bridge.Firefighters were sent to the scene about 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to police dispatch records. Rescuers were out until about 1 a.m. searching for the boy, and then were back on scene about 7 a.m. today, said Krauss, coordinator of Josephine County Search and Rescue.The child's body was recovered by the dive team about 8 a.m. today. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department assisted.A chaplain notified the child's family before authorities released the child's name.In a news release, Grants Pass police said they were notified at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday that two children and a young woman had gone under water and that efforts were being made to save them. Several people called, Sgt. Doni Hamilton said.When rescuers arrived, the 19-year-old woman and her 5-year-old sister had been rescued by bystanders, but the boy was still missing. He had been last seen in the water.Officers, medics and fire-rescue personnel unsuccessfully searched the river and its banks Wednesday night.Hamilton thanked bystanders for their help in looking for the boy."Their efforts did not go unnoticed," he said.He also warned swimmers to be wary of the river."Even though the water level looks low, and often calm, undercurrents are extremely fast," Hamilton said. "All safety precautions should be taken, to include life vests and other protective gear, for those not familiar with the river."Reach Grants Pass Daily Courier reporter Shaun Hall at 541-474-3813 or shall@thedailycourier.com.