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Man drowns in Yuba River

A middle-aged man drowned Friday afternoon in the Yuba River near the Highway 49 bridge despite attempts to rescue him.

It was not clear whether the man slipped and fell in the water or went in of his own accord, said Nevada County Consolidated Fire Battalion Chief Jim Turner.

Witnesses saw him struggling, but couldn’t get to him, Turner said. The first 911 call came in at about 3:30 p.m. and an air ambulance was called out.

The man’s body was recovered at about 4:30 p.m. and CPR was attempted; he was declared dead at the scene, however.

The man’s identity was not available as of press time.

Water flows had been increased on the South Yuba River, from about 20 cubic feet per second (cfs) Wednesday to a range of 400 to 500 cfs by Friday, according to PG&E.