Man missing after trying to swim to shore from houseboat in Sacramento River

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More than 24 hours after he was reported missing in the Sacramento River, the search continues for 58-year-old Ronald Milton Belke Jr.

“We were not successful at this point in finding anything under the water,” said Undersheriff Scott Smallwood. 

Smallwood says they hope Belke made it out and just has not called family yet. 

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, a caller told the sheriff’s office a man had gone missing after getting into the water two hours earlier. He was last seen in the river 100 yards away from Simard’s Boat Dock.

FOX40 spoke to Ronald Belke Sr. who said his son was in the process of moving the boat to another dock. He believes his son might have underestimated how cold the river was, calling it a tragic accident. 

“The rivers are very unpredictable,” Smallwood said.

A lot is still unknown about the incident, but officials continue to stress the importance of being prepared when people head into the water this summer. 

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