21-Year-Old Drowns in South Yuba River, CA on Sunday

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This was the second drowning on the South Yuba river in the past 3 weeks.  Another man in his 20s drown near highway 49 in the south Yuba on May 30th.  He was on a boogie board.

There was also a drowning of a man in his 20s on the American river on Tuesday.

17 people have died in California rivers this year.

Record snowfall is translating to record water flows in California’s rivers and streams.  Please stay out of all flowing water this summer.

“Sunday, the Placer County Sheriff’s dive team recovered the body of a Reno man who drowned on the South Yuba River at the Hampshire Rocks Campground.

Jairus Johnson-Neal, 21, was last seen floating downstream by his friends. They tried to pull him out but were unsuccessful due to water conditions.

Divers found the man in about 12-feet of water. There were numerous snags underwater due to the high flows from this past winter and divers had to maneuver in dangerous conditions.

Cold and fast water conditions should continue through July before letting up, and it’s vital that swimmers wear personal flotation devices, or life vests, while in our rivers. The past two people who’ve drowned in our area were both physically fit young adults. The cold temperatures and swift water were the major factors in their deaths. Always think safety when out in the water.” – Placer County Sheriff, Sunday

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