One person died and a second person is presumed to have drowned in separate incidents in or along Sacramento waterways this weekend, police said Sunday.
Around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, a man jumped into the Sacramento River near Old Sacramento and did not surface. A family member jumped in to help, but was quickly caught up in the current and had to return to shore.
Sacramento fire and police searched for the man, but could not find him. Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said the search continued Sunday, but the teams can’t go below the surface because of the speed and murkiness of the water.
The Sacramento and American rivers are running faster, higher and colder this year after strong winter storms built a significant snowpack in the Sierra. The melting snow is leading to more dangerous conditions in area waterways compared to the last few years of drought.
On Sunday morning, police were called to a train trestle over the American River by a fisherman who spotted a body on the rocks. Heinlein said officers found a camp at the top of a bridge pillar and suspect that the man rolled off the pillar while sleeping and crashed on the rocks.
The coroner will determine the exact cause of death, but officers don’t believe foul play was involved.