A woman has died after being rescued from the American River while reportedly taking part in a “Rage on the River” event late Sunday afternoon.
The Sacramento County Coroner’s website identified her as 36-year-old Sonia Rangel Valencia of Sunnyvale. She died just after noon Wednesday, nearly three days after she was pulled out of the water about a quarter-mile east of Jibboom Street.
Roberto Padilla, a spokesman for the Sacramento Fire Department, said Valencia was one of two people were pulled from the water by other people on the river shortly before 5:30 p.m. and taken to a nearby law enforcement boat. They were taken to Tiscornia Park, where they were met by paramedics. Padilla said both were transported to the hospital, one under CPR.
Padilla said he did not know how the two individuals ended up in the river requiring rescue.
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The river was crowded Sunday with boaters and rafters participating in an annual celebration organized via social media called “Rage on the River,” which launched from Discovery Park at noon that day. Channel 40 and Channel 13 reported Sunday that the two rescued women took part in that event. The condition of the second woman was unavailable late Friday.