Nevada County coroner UPDATE: South Yuba River swimmer identified |

Nevada County coroner UPDATE: South Yuba River swimmer identified

UPDATE at 8:47 a.m. Aug. 24:

Authorities have identified the missing swimmer as Ricardo Alvarez, 37, of San Francisco. Alvarez remained missing Thursday morning.

Initially posted:

Nevada County authorities say they continued to search for a San Francisco man who disappeared over the weekend in the South Yuba River.

Water flows at a waterfall about a mile upstream of the Highway 49 bridge remain high despite PG&E reducing them. Divers can’t completely search under that waterfall where authorities believe the 37-year-old man went under on Saturday, said sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Sullivan, county coroner.

“We thought they had more control,” Sullivan said of PG&E’s power over the water flow, “but we could only turn it down a few feet.”

Sullivan said that snowmelt is the cause of the current, meaning authorities might have to wait until flows naturally subside.

The county’s search-and-rescue team previously scoured the area downstream of the man’s disappearance and found nothing. That led authorities to believe he’s trapped under the waterfall, Sullivan said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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