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Searchers don’t find man who fell off Feather Falls

Searchers Friday found no sign of a Yuba County man who reportedly slipped and fell down Feather Falls in Butte County while hiking Thursday afternoon.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 23-year-old Matthew Nisleit of Brownsville.

Search and rescue teams and emergency personnel responded Thursday afternoon to a 911 call reporting that a hiker had fallen down the falls. Sheriff’s Office and Enloe Flightcare helicopters from Chico assisted in Thursday’s search, and a sheriff’s helicopter crew searched the area surrounding Feather Falls on Friday morning, according to a Butte County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Although observers in the helicopter saw no signs of Nisleit, they were able to determine that the area cannot be reached by boat at this time. Due to safety concerns, search teams currently are not able to enter the water, the news release said.

Search and rescue members covered trails in the Feather Falls area, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter equipped with thermal imaging cameras aided in Friday’s search.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that it was working closely with Nisleit’s family in the effort to locate him.

With the weekend approaching, the Sheriff’s Office urged people to be careful in and around waterways.

“We are fortunate to have many beautiful places to hike to in Butte County; please use caution, and keep in mind with the increased rain and snowmelt, water in our Butte County waterways is moving much faster than it might look,” the news release said.

The 410-foot Feather Falls can be viewed from a platform accessed by two trails maintained by the U.S. Forest Service.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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