Bay Space man drowns in Feather River close to Chico

(KRON) — A younger man from the Bay Space drowned after he jumped off a dam into the Feather River east of Chico.

The drowning sufferer was recognized by the Butte County Coroner’s Workplace as 21-year-old Jonathan Nguyen of Livermore.

Nguyen dove off the Magalia Head Dam on Saturday, plunged underwater, and vanished, investigators mentioned. His lifeless physique was discovered downriver on Sunday by search and rescue groups, in accordance with the Butte County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Water flows over the Magalia Head Dam on Might 27, 2023. (Picture courtesy Cal Hearth Butte Unit)

Nguyen had gone to the Feather River with buddies to get pleasure from mountain climbing and swimming over Memorial Day weekend, in accordance with a GoFundMe web page. He just lately graduated from Chico State College, and he was a star athlete for Granada Excessive Faculty in wrestling, the web page states.

California’s rivers are flowing with chilly, speedy, robust currents. Present circumstances are extraordinarily harmful circumstances for anybody who enters the water, Northern California sheriff’s officers mentioned.

Search and rescue crews have been unable to seek out the drowning sufferer’s physique till the next day. (Picture courtesy Cal Hearth Butte Unit)

Earlier this month, two brothers from Chico went out on the Feather River in Oroville to go fishing. “Each males are skilled fishermen, however almost drowned after crashing their boat and being thrown into the water,” the Butte County Sheriff’s Workplace wrote.

The Sheriff’s Workplace gave the next water security suggestions:

  • At all times put on a life jacket when driving in boats or on kayaks.
  • Don’t swim in fast-moving water.
  • Regulate kids close to the water.
  • Use excessive warning, and when it doubt, keep out.

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