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Rescuers unable to find man who went over Feather Falls in Butte

Aerial view of Feather Falls in Butte County, California, north and east of Lake Oroville. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Feather Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in California outside of Yosemite, plunging 410 feet along the Fall River.
Aerial view of Feather Falls in Butte County, California, north and east of Lake Oroville. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Feather Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in California outside of Yosemite, plunging 410 feet along the Fall River. California Department of Water Resources

The waters at the 410-foot-tall Feather Falls in Butte County swept a man away on Thursday.

Search and rescue crews searched for hours to find him, but were unsuccessful, KHSL/CNN reported. CalFire received a call of a hiker over the falls around 4 p.m. and its crews along with Chico Fire Department firefighters and Butte County Sheriff officials, started out.

Crews are expected to restart their rescue efforts today, KRCR7 reported.

Feather Falls, near Lake Oroville, is the second tallest waterfall in California.

"Where he was at, he was just above the falls in the water and there is really no place for you to grab on," Chris Haile of Cal Fire told the news station.

To get to the falls, it takes a four-mile hike. Officials caution people to stay out of the water above the falls, because it’s not the first time somebody has been swept away.

In 2012, a 28-year-old man fell and got caught in the current, KHSL reported. It took almost a year before a search and rescue diver found a bone in a deep pool downstream from the falls.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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