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Body recovered from Nevada County swimming hole believed to be Elk Grove man

Omar Chaar
Omar Chaar Chaar family

A body believed to be that of an Elk Grove man was recovered Wednesday morning from a popular Nevada County swimming hole.

Omar Chaar, 25, slid into Emerald Pool, beneath a waterfall on the South Yuba River, about 1 p.m. Sunday and did not surface. An initial search failed to find Chaar, and sheriff’s officials had said they were reluctant to put divers into the water directly under the falls because of the danger from intense water pressure and tree branch snags.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said a California Highway Patrol helicopter delivered diving equipment to the site Wednesday morning, and Placer County swift-water divers searched Emerald Pool. He said they found a man’s body at a depth of about 30 feet.

Royal said Chaar’s family was notified that a body was recovered, although it has yet to be positively identified.

Chaar had gone to the swimming area, about 25 miles east of Nevada City, with friends on his birthday. Sheriff’s officials said he was believed to be among a group of people who were using the waterfall as a slide.

Although popular with young people who jump or flip from high cliffs into the water, or slide down the waterfall, Emerald Pool has proved perilous for many. Some people have been injured when they jumped, while others have been killed or injured from being held under by water pressure, sheriff’s officials said.

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