BEND, OR -- A 60-year-old man drowned near the First Street rapids, Sunday afternoon. Bend firefighters responded to the Deschutes River just before 4 p.m. after witnesses reported seeing a man jump from the footbridge.
Police, Fire and Search and Rescue crews unsuccessfully searched the banks of the river for half a mile. Bend Police launched a drone and eventually found the victim’s body in the water several hundred yards downstream from the bridge.
TUESDAY UPDATE: Bend Police say the victim in Sunday's drowning has been identified as 59-year-old Andrew Munster of Bend. His next of kin has been notified. In a press release officials say, "The Bend Police Department would like to thank the citizens who assisted in trying to locate and help Mr. Munster. We would also like to thank the volunteers of the Deschutes County Search & Rescue Team for their quick response."