ASHLAND — A North Bend man swimming at a remote area north of Howard Prairie Lake died Monday afternoon, according to an Oregon State Police report.
Dr. James Olson of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Tuesday that the death of Steven Roy Reynolds, 18, was an accident caused by freshwater drowning. Reynolds’ family has been notified of his death. Reynolds would have turned 19 next week.
On Monday, June 17, at 4:10 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and personnel from Greensprings Fire and Mercy Flights responded to the scene.
According to witnesses, Reynolds had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface. Bystanders pulled him from the water and began CPR. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but Reynolds died at the scene.
A chaplain from Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains provided assistance for persons involved in the response.