Boy, 4, dies when raft capsizes in Rogue River

Brayden Biggs would have been 5 in two weeks

A Google Earth view of the Rogue River at Takelma Gorge, Aug. 16, 2015
A Google Earth view of the Rogue River at Takelma Gorge, Aug. 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 4-year-old from Grants Pass died after the raft he was on with his family capsized in the Rogue River Saturday.

Brayden Riley Biggs and his family were among a group of 12 people who were on 3 rafts heading down the river in the Takelma Gorge. Everyone was wearing a life vest, officials said.

As the firs traft entered the Takelma Gorge, it capsized tossing a total of 6 people into an area of the Rogue River that is steep with swift rapids. Brayden was found about 200 yards downstream and rescuers peformed CPR for an hour, authorities said in a release.

A man hiking in the area heard cries for help, ran more than 2 miles to his car and drove to the Prospect Ranger Station to call 911. Cell service is not available in this area.

The US Forest Service sent a helicopter to find the rafter group. Once the helicopter spotted them, they told ground rescuers where to go. The rescuers found the rafters and hiked out together.

Brayden would have been 5 in two weeks. The exact cause of his death has not yet been determined.

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