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Crews search Rogue River for California man

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine deputies and search-and-rescue crews search for 21-year-old Jesus Flores-Galindo. JCSO photo
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office released this photo of 21-year-old Jesus Flores-Galindo, who went missing in an apparent drowning outside Gold Hill. JCSO photo

Jackson County Sheriff’s Office marine deputies are searching for a 21-year-old man who jumped into the Rogue River outside Gold Hill and went under.

Jesus Flores-Galindo, of Lamont, California, went missing shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday when he spontaneously jumped in the river to cool off during a family outing at Rock Point Bridge, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Moran.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies they saw Flores-Galindo come up splashing before going under again.

Moran said a combination of cold water, an unexpectedly deep portion of the river and a lack of strong swimming skills likely led to the tragedy.

Despite recent warm air temperatures, Moran said, the Rogue Valley’s lakes and rivers are cold and will be “potentially hazardous” for at least a few more weeks.

“It can quickly sap your strength in what you’d think is a pretty easy place,” Moran said.

Moran recommended that families outfit kids with life vests when spending time near the water, and carry at least one vest for adults.

“It can be for anyone who may not be a good swimmer,” Moran said.

JCSO marine deputies and search-and-rescue crews searched for Flores-Galindo until dark Sunday, and kept searching Monday and Tuesday.

SAR crews are utilizing an underwater drone and airplane flights above the river and have deployed at least two dive teams. Deputies are patrolling the river in search of Flores-Galindo, but as of Tuesday afternoon their efforts had not been successful.

Moran said that SAR intends to keep searching, and that the recovery efforts can often take several days.

“They’ll continue (searching) until further notice,” Moran said.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.