Man leaves boat, drowns in American River

Published: Sunday, Jun. 1, 2014 - 3:35 pm

A Woodland man boating on the American River near Tiscornia Park apparently drowned Saturday after he left his boat and went into the water, according to Sacramento police.

“It doesn’t appear that he wore a life vest,” said Officer Michele Gigante, spokeswoman for Sacramento police.

The man, who was identified as Pedro L. Mendoza, 38, of Woodland, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At 6:50 p.m. Saturday, Sacramento police and fire responded to the 100 block of Jibboom Street in Tiscornia Park on a call of a possible drowning in the American River. Tiscornia Park is across the river from Discovery Park.

The man had apparently been boating with friends and family.

“He went into the water for a dip, and he went under,” said Gigante.

“We don’t know if he got pulled by the current, we don’t know if it was a medical issue.”

Friends were able to get to him, and brought him to the shore, where he was transported by Sacramento Fire personnel.

There was no obvious sign of foul play, but alcohol may be a factor, according to police.

Tiscornia Park is a city park near where the American and the Sacramento rivers join. Until this weekend, there had been no deaths on the American River this season.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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