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Searchers recover body from Sacramento River

The body of a young man was recovered near this spot in the Sacramento River on Saturday afternoon.
The body of a young man was recovered near this spot in the Sacramento River on Saturday afternoon. aseng@sacbee.com

Emergency crews on Saturday afternoon recovered the body of a young man who disappeared into the Sacramento River several hours earlier.

Just before 11:30 a.m., callers reported that a person had gone missing near Sand Cove Park along Garden Highway, said Roberto Padilla, Sacramento Fire Department spokesman.

It was unclear if the young man was a boater or swimmer, Padilla said. Some news reports said the missing person was a 16-year-old boy.

Crews from the Sacramento Fire Department, the all-volunteer Drowning Accident Rescue Team and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office scoured the river for several hours.

For the first hour, they hoped to find the young man alive. Then the effort became a recovery mission.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., Padilla said members of DART had pulled a body from the river. He said the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office would identify the apparent drowning victim after notifying his next of kin.

Drowning accidents are common this time of year, Padilla said, as air temperatures warm but the region’s rivers remain fast and cold from spring snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada.

“The Sacramento River, even though there’s a drought, is an extremely dangerous river,” Padilla said. All boaters should have life jackets at the ready, he said, and children should always wear theirs.

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