Search Suspended after Man is Swept Away by American River Near Auburn

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PLACER COUNTY — Emergency crews suspended their search near Auburn along the American River, where a man was swept away by the swiftly moving water.

Sunday around 5 p.m., crews from several local agencies went to the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the river to look for the 28-year-old man.

Parks and recreation officials say he was with a group of friends when he tried to swim into the rapids and across one of the fastest moving parts of the river. He did not make it to the other side and instead was pulled under.

Cal Fire reports he was able to grab hold of a tree while someone else jumped in to try to rescue him. He eventually lost his grip and was swept downstream.

Authorities have not said if the man was wearing a life vest but did say neither alcohol nor drugs were involved in the incident.

Boats searched the water, along with ground crews and a helicopter, until it became too dark to find the man and teams called off the search for the night.

Recently, the search for another 28-year-old man who disappeared in the river along the South Fork near Chili Bar River Park was officially called off.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this developing incident.


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