Family of drowning victim gathers at Yuba River |

Family of drowning victim gathers at Yuba River

The family and friends of Zachary Harder ” a 22-year-old Roseville man who drowned in the Yuba River in 2006 ” gathered at the site of his death Friday morning to honor his memory and warn others of the river’s dangers.

“It helps me to think of him,” Harder’s mother, Chris Harder said, standing on the old Highway 49 bridge, yards away from where her son slipped into the water and was pulled under by the strong current. “If this saves a life, that’s a few more people who won’t have to go through the agony of losing a life.”

Nevada County Search and Rescue volunteers and state park rangers also attended the memorial, equipped with a waterproof posterboard alerting potential holiday weekend swimmers to stay out of the water.

The warnings on the poster were illustrated by sheriff’s correctional officer Don Harner. The project was funded by donations from Harder’s family, Nevada County Search and Rescue and the family of search and rescue volunteer Walt Jones.

Read Saturday’s edition of The Union for the full story.

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