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He dove into river to save a child. Now he’s missing.

Hot weather looms, but high, cold Sacramento rivers present dangers, require caution

As temperatures climb significantly for the first time in 2017, Sacramento-area residents might turn to the Sacramento and American rivers for recreation and relief. Anyone doing so is urged to by Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey
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As temperatures climb significantly for the first time in 2017, Sacramento-area residents might turn to the Sacramento and American rivers for recreation and relief. Anyone doing so is urged to by Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey

A 52-year-old man jumped off a boat in the Delta Saturday evening to rescue a child and never made it back, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department.

The department’s Marine Enforcement Detail is searching the water near Antioch with no success so far, Sacramento County Sgt. Tony Turnbull said in an email. The 9-year-old child was rescued and taken to the hospital with hypothermia.

Turnbull said the man, child and a third adult were near Broad Slough and the Sacramento Deep River Channel when the child fell in. The Pittsburg Police Department received the call at 5:30 p.m. and sent the Coast Guard, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the Contra Costa Fire Department. Sacramento County’s marine detail joined the search Sunday morning with sonar equipment.

He said no one on the boat was wearing life jackets.

Don't be the river’s next victim. Use the Sacramento Drowning Accident Rescue Team’s tips to save yourself from drowning.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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