Young man drowns in Yuba |

Young man drowns in Yuba

A 25-year-old man from the Yuba City area drowned in the south fork of the Yuba River, upstream from the Bridgeport Bridge, on Friday around 7:48 p.m., Sgt. Bill Smethers of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Alejandro Corona Tolentino and his unidentified 37-year-old girlfriend wanted to swim across the river near the Bridgeport Bridge. While the girlfriend made it safely across, Tolentino dived into the waters near the rapids and “started having problems,” Smethers said.

According to police reports, when the woman started yelling for help, an individual came to the spot and saw the victim under several feet of water. He tried to get the victim out but couldn’t.

The man who came to help then went to the Bridgeport park ranger’s office, failed to find anyone and called 911, according to Smethers.

When the individual returned to the scene of the accident, two other people had helped Tolentino out of the water, Smethers said. Medical help soon arrived and pronounced the victim dead, he added.

On Memorial Day, a woman narrowly escaped drowning in the south fork of the Yuba River. She was rescued by the North San Juan and Nevada County Consolidated firefighters and wasn’t seriously injured.

The Yuba River claims lives every year during the summer months. Last year, three men ” one from Sacramento, another from Roseville and a third from England ” drowned while swimming in the Yuba.

In 2005, one person died from drowning, while in 2004, there were four deaths from drowning.


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