2010 RHS grad presumed drowned in Umpqua River

2010 RHS grad presumed drowned in Umpqua River »Play Video
Douglas County Sheriff's deputies search the Umpqua River for a missing Roseburg teen, who was swimming with friends on Sunday when he was pulled under the current and never surfaced.

UMPQUA, Ore. -- Police have released the name of a Roseburg teen who is missing after disappearing while swimming in the Umpqua River on Sunday.

Officials say a Drake Wallace, 18, went swimming with some friends and disappeared at about 4:30 p.m. near Umpqua, about 11 miles northwest of Roseburg.

Sheriff's officers say Wallace and some friends rode their bikes from the Roseburg area and were already tired when they decided to swim across the river.

One of the boys got in trouble, but the others were able to pull him to shore. Officers say they rested for about a half hour and then tried swimming back.

They say Wallace got pushed into the swift water, went under and never came up.

Divers were called to the scene and searched for a couple of hours through the swift and cold rapids.

Searchers say the water is still running high and swift, and is very cold. With a lot of rocks and deep holes in the area, it's dangerous even for the divers with wet suits and air tanks.

The search for Wallace resumed Monday.

Wallace was a 2010 graduate of Roseburg High School and participated in the Marching Band while he was there.

This is the second swimming incident in Douglas County in less than a month. Authorities have been unable to find the body of Joshua Alexander, 27, who they believe drowned in the North Umpqua River back in late May.

Police want to remind people that even though the weather is warmer, the water temperatures are still really cold, and swimming in cold water can cause people to fatigue much faster.

Officials say to be safe when swimming in the river, and use common safety precautions such as life jackets.

Drake Wallace in a picture from Facebook.