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Swimmer died in Feather River near Tobin

A swimmer trying to get across the Feather River was pinned to an underwater boulder.

Posted: Aug 3, 2020 1:21 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2020 3:02 PM

TOBIN, Calif. - A swimmer died in the Feather River near the Tobin Bridge on Sunday.

Responders from Plumas County Sheriff's Office, Plumas County Search and Rescue, Butte County Search and Rescue, CAL FIRE, the United States Forest Service, Quincy Fire, and the California Highway Patrol were all involved in the response to the reported drowning in the Feather River and the recovery of the swimmer's body from the water.

According to the Plumas County Sheriff's Office, their investigation determined that the swimmer and a friend had attempted to swim across a large pool just below the Tobin Bridge. One of these swimmers was caught in a current while attempting to swim across the river. The person went under the water and was taken downriver, and became stuck when lodged against a large boulder.

Searchers said that due to the pressure created from a large amount of water going through a small hole, the swimmer was held underwater for an extended period of time. This is called hydrostatic pressure.

Because of the situation, it took several hours for Search and Rescue teams to locate and recover the body of the swimmer. A diver had to be deployed during the incident.

The Plumas County Sheriff's Office sends their sincere condolences to the family and friends of the swimmer who died on the Feather River on Sunday. The Sheriff also wanted to extend special thanks to the Butte County Search and Rescue team for their assistance during the recovery efforts.

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