Grass Valley couple save man from drowning
A Grass Valley couple “brought back” a Marysville man who was pulled from the South Fork Yuba River after lying at the bottom for as long as a minute Friday afternoon.
The man nearly drowned at Kneebone Beach, about a mile upstream from Bridgeport at the South Yuba River State Park, where clear skies drew hundreds of sunbathers and swimmers.
At about 1 p.m., park rangers received reports that a man had been under water and people were trying to resuscitate him, said Jeremy McReynolds, state park supervising ranger.
John Hidalgo, of Soulsbyville, pulled Adolfo Juarez, of Marysville, from the water and began calling for help, McReynolds said. His friends told officers he had been in the water for 30 seconds to a minute.
“When they pulled him out of the water, he was blue,” McReynolds said.
“They said he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing,” added park Ranger Wayne Deese, who responded to the scene.
Nathan and Erica Allen, of Grass Valley, performed CPR and “brought him back,” McReynolds said. It was unclear what caused Juarez’ trouble in the water. The river was calm and warm, but crowded, the busiest of the season so far with an estimated 500 swimmers and picnickers.
“It was just wall-to-wall people,” McReynolds said.
State Park rangers and paramedics from Penn Valley and North San Juan fire departments responded.
Juarez was sitting up and coherent when rangers arrived, Deese said.
“We had to carry the guy out about a half a mile over rocks and hazardous conditions,” McReynolds added. “He was stable when he left here.”
Juares was airlifted by helicopter.
“The river is always a dangerous place. We’re glad we were able to help this man,” McReynolds said.
To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4231.
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