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Drowned swimmer recovered from south fork of American River identified as Colorado man

Luke Matson
Luke Matson Courtesy of Matson family

A swimmer who drowned in the south fork of the American River last week has been identified as a Colorado man.

The body of Luke Matson, 33, of Vail, Colo., was recovered in the river Tuesday, the day after he went missing.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Matson was swimming Aug. 24 in the area of the Marshall gold discovery site. His friends last saw him floating downstream from Sutter’s Mill.

Matson did not seem in distress, but he later was reported missing and a search began. A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew searched from above while searchers looked along the riverbank.

The next day, a swift-water rescue team was called in. At about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Matson’s body was recovered in about 12 feet of water, about 20 feet from shore.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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