GOLD BEACH, Ore. -- A South Carolina man has died after falling in the Rogue River when his raft got stuck in a rapid.

Curry County Sheriff John Bishop said Monday he is waiting for the body to be examined by the medical examiner to know whether the man drowned or died of a medical issue.

Bishop says 57-year-old Steven D. Hoyer of Spartanburg died Friday at Blossom Bar, a Class IV rapid in the wild section of the popular whitewater river.

Bishop says Hoyer was hearing a lifejacket and a helmet as he tried to free his raft from a line of rocks known as the Picket Fence.

He initially told others along the river he was fine, but was not conscious when people got to him at the bottom of the rapid.

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