Search Suspended for Teen Who Tried to Cross Stanislaus River
As it heats up again, people are cooling off in the river. However, swimmers at the Caswell State Park say the Stanislaus River is looking extremely deceptive right now.
It looks like you can just walk across the river, swimmers say. Rescue workers think one teenager tried just that and now they fear he has drowned.
Authorities say 19-year old Savon Dean and his friend were inner-tubing on the river when they got into trouble.
“It is a big surprise because it’s relatively calm down here. The current kind of picks up a bit, but it seems pretty shallow, so it’s a surprise,” said swimmer Tyler Cash.
Another swimmer quickly agreed with Cash.
“Yeah, I don’t see it, its calm. It’s very shallow right now. It’s all the way up to our knees,” said Alish Siebler.
Rescue workers think initially the two made it safely to land but then took off their life jackets to maneuver through the brush. However, they think later the two approached what looked like a shallow part of the river and tried to cross over.
“It’s not high, it’s not deep. It looks like it’s not deep,” said Park Visitor, Camilla Rodiguez.
Authorities think that, as the two tried to cross, Dean took the lead and started struggling in the water. His friend who was following behind turned around and ran for help.
“I feel so bad for his family, you know. That’s sad that that happened here you know ‘cause a lot of people come here,” said Rodriguez.
Swimmers now say they will no longer take this river for granted.
“It’s a really fun time being out here, but just be as careful as you can ‘cause you never know what can happen, as you can tell,” said Cash.
The search has been suspended for now. There is no word yet on if it will continue Saturday.