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County resident drowns at lake

The body of a man in his late 20s who was reported missing at Lake Englebright was recovered from a depth of 90 feet under water by Nevada County and Yuba County sheriffs’ officers.

The victim’s name has not been released because his next of kin have not been notified. He probably was from the Penn Valley area, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Thursday.

The sheriff’s search team used a remotely operated underwater vehicle to locate the body of the drowning victim.

“We were able to find the body and latch onto some clothing until the divers could get there,” Royal added.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a possible drowning at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, Royal said. A male adult had jumped off the rocks at a place called Black Point on the western side of the lake and had not resurfaced, initial reports at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies from Yuba County and Nevada County Sheriff’s Boat Patrol conducted a nighttime search but were unable to locate the victim.

“Shortly before 11 a.m. (Thursday), we located the body of a man in his 20s,” said Melanie Oakes, spokeswoman with the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. “It appeared to be an accidental drowning.”

Another feared drowning at the Emerald Pools area in the South Yuba River Wednesday produced good news, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. A man who could not be found by friends after swimming in the river later was discovered at home in Reno.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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