- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SPRAY, Ore. (AP) - An Eastern Oregon sheriff’s officer says a 30-year-old man is believed to have been swept away in the John Day River.

Wheeler County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Michael Boyd said Monday that deputies were called Sunday afternoon to an area west of the small town of Spray. They were told that a 30-year-old man from Fossil, Oregon, had been swept away in the water. His name has not been released.

An initial search by deputies, Oregon State police, local firefighters and a fast water rescue team failed to find the man.

On Monday, members of the Deschutes County Water Rescue Dive team assisted in the search.

Boyd says that due to recent heavy rains, the river is unusually fast-moving and hazardous to swimmers and boaters.

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