Reno man, 24, drowns in Yuba
A 24-year-old Reno man is dead after he jumped from a 65-foot cliff into deep water at Emerald Pond, a popular swim spot on the south fork of the Yuba River near the town of Washington, according to Nevada County sheriff’s officials.
Tyler Tronan hiked down to the pool with his parents, sister and friends Saturday afternoon, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Powell, and saw another person jump from the same spot and emerge from the water unscathed. Tronan decided it was safe to jump.
“A witness said Tyler jumped in feet-first, and it was a perfect landing,” Powell said. “But he didn’t come up, and he was under the water for three to five minutes.”
Tronan’s father and some of his friends dove into the river, located Tronan, pulled him out and attempted life-saving measures.
A bystander called 911 on a cell phone. A California Highway Patrol helicopter with paramedics arrived at 3 p.m., about 45 minutes after Tronan jumped.
Shortly after his arrival at the scene, a paramedic determined Tronan was dead.
Powell said Tronan did not have any broken bones or injuries that would indicate he hit any rocks or debris under the water’s surface.
“He may have had the wind knocked out of him,” Powell said. “Poor kid.”
Tronan also may have panicked after descending under the water’s surface and inhaled water as he struggled upward, Powell said.
“You can go down pretty deep after jumping from such a high level, and you can panic,” he said.
The river’s water levels are unusually low right now due to a lack of winter rain and snowpack, Powell said, so swimmers should take extra precautions when jumping into the water.
Even swim spots that have been deep enough to jump into in past years may be unsafe this year, he warned.
“You have to be extra careful.”
To contact Staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4236.
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