Sheriff: Coquille man dead after jump into river from bridge

POWERS, Ore. -- Authorities say alcohol and drugs are suspected in a Coquille man's death after he jumped 65 feet into the Coquille River and drowned.

On Sunday at about 5:30 pm, the Coos County Sheriff’s office was notified of a possible drowning near the Johnson Mountain Bridge on the South Fork of the Coquille River near Powers.

Officials say witnesses at the scene told them Derrick J. Yarnell, 20, of Coquille, was with friends at the bridge when he said he was going to walk up and jump of the Johnson Mountain Bridge into the water.

Officials say the height of the bridge at that point is about 65 feet above the water.

Yarnell had reportedly jumped from the bridge successfully a couple of times over the years.

The Sheriff's office said his friends tried to stop him, but he jumped anyway.

Witnesses told deputies that after Yarnell jumped into the water he did not return to the surface.

On Monday just before 10:00 am, the Lakeside Dive Rescue Squad and Coos County Marine Deputies found his body just below where he had jumped in.

The Sheriff's office says the investigation is ongoing and alcohol and drugs are suspected as being a factor.

Emergency responders including the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Powers Police, Powers Fire Department, Myrtle Point EMS and Lakeside Emergency Rescue Divers all responded to the area.