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2 die after falling into Mokelumne River in Amador County

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A man and a woman fell into a swift Amador County river and died Saturday afternoon.

At 2:30 p.m., the Amador County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that about 35 to 45 minutes earlier the pair fell into the Mokelumne River near the Moore Creek Campground.

“They obviously weren’t wearing personal flotation devices,” said Undersheriff Jim Wegner. “The rapids up there – there’s a lot of water moving through there – swept them downstream.”

Wegner said his office notified Pacific Gas & Electric Co., which controls an upstream dam, to lower the river’s flows. The sheriff’s search and rescue and swift-water rescue teams were called out, and the California Highway Patrol sent up a helicopter to aid in the search.

Wegner said the bodies have since been found, but teams were still working as of early Saturday evening to recover them.

Both victims are believed to be 18 years old, Wegner said, but their identities won’t be released until their families are notified.

The U.S. Forest Service campground is around 45 miles east of Jackson off of Highway 88.

In Stanislaus County, Sheriff’s Department teams were searching for the bodies of two 15-year-old boys who went into the water at Woodward Reservoir shortly before noon Saturday.

Ryan Sabalow: 916-321-1264, @ryansabalow

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