Two Dead, One Rescued After Being Swept Downstream on North Fork American River

Tragedy struck at the North Fork American River on Monday when a man and a teenage boy died after being swept downstream. Another teenager was rescued unharmed, California State Parks officials reported.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the Lake Clementine Trail area shortly before 5:30 p.m. following reports of a possible drowning incident.

According to the California State Parks communications manager, the three individuals had attempted to swim across the river but were overpowered by the current. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a 33-year-old man was found dead in the water.

A 15-year-old boy was also discovered and State Parks lifeguards and Cal Fire personnel performed CPR. Despite their efforts, the boy was transported to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

State Parks officials stated that another teenage male was pulled from the water without injuries.

It’s important to be very cautious when recreating in moving water right now, particularly as summer approaches and more people seek outdoor activities. Authorities urge visitors to exercise caution and respect the power of natural water bodies.

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