Man drowns in Yuba River |

Man drowns in Yuba River

A young man who had just moved to the Marysville area to work drowned in the Yuba River at Bridgeport Saturday afternoon, according to the Nevada County Deputy Coroner.

Luis Tobon Jr., 23, was downstream from the covered bridge at Bridgeport with his cousin, Gilbert Sotoo, according to Shawn McClain of the North San Juan Fire Department.

Tobon had just moved to Sotoo’s home from Mexico to be a field laborer according to Deputy Coroner Cathy Valeschini.

Sotoo swam across the river to speak to a friend and when he turned around to see Tobon, he was missing, Valeschini said. Another person at the scene then yelled out that Tobon was in the water.

Sotoo managed to find his cousin, but McClain said those at the scene determined he was submerged about four minutes.

“He couldn’t revive him at the scene,” Valeschini said, and an air ambulance was dispatched. The nurse in the air ambulance determined Tobon was dead and the body was flown in to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

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