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3 men missing in California after river rescue attempt

July 4, 2022 GMT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three men are missing and presumed dead in California after a child was caught in a river current and they swam out in an attempt to rescue him, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the boy was swept away at a popular boating and swimming destination called Three Mile Slough.

The delta area of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Sacramento.

The boy was pulled from the water and wasn’t hurt but three of his relatives were pulled under after they went in after him, said Rio Vista Battalion Chief Brandon Wilson.

People “saw them go under and never saw them come back,” Wilson said.

Authorities searched for the men for two hours in hopes of rescuing them but later transitioned to a recovery operation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Also this weekend in California, a man drowned at Lake Berryessa in Napa County Sunday after trying to save his son as the boy struggled in the water, the Chronicle reported. The boy made it back to the shore safely.

And a 13-year-old girl drowned Sunday off the shore of a lake in Madera County, the Fresno Bee reported on Monday.