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‘Possible drowning’ as crews search Folsom Lake for man who fell off jet ski, authorities say

Officials with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office searched Folsom Lake Sunday night and Monday for a man who fell off a jet ski.
Officials with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office searched Folsom Lake Sunday night and Monday for a man who fell off a jet ski.

Officials resumed searching Monday morning for a man who fell off his jet ski in Folsom Lake on Sunday evening.

The victim was a 29-year-old man, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Superintendent Richard Preston said. He fell into the water sometime after 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

“We had a jet skier that fell off his jet ski,” Preston said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office in a news release called it a “possible drowning” incident. The possible victim is a Vineyard resident who was riding personal watercrafts with a friend on the lake. The two became separated “for a brief period of time” before the friend found the jet ski, but not the missing 29-year-old, the news release said.

The man was not wearing a life jacket, Preston said.

A search by park rangers and dive teams with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was suspended about 8 p.m. Sunday and resumed about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Preston said.

Boats were surveying the area, which Preston called the main part of Folsom Lake between the peninsula and Brown’s Ravine, as of that time.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado Hills Fire Department and Cal Fire also assisted the search effort Sunday night, according to the news release.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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