Sacto 9-1-1
June 30, 2013
Drowning reported in American River near Howe Avenue

By Jeffrey Dastin
jdastin@sacbee.com

A man drowned Sunday evening in the American River near Howe Avenue, the fourth case in the city of Sacramento this summer, officials said.

The Sacramento Fire Department received a call at 5:40 p.m. reporting a possible drowning, according to Battalion Chief Shawn Perry. Up to a dozen firefighters searched the river, while a helicopter scanned from above, Perry said.

After an hour, the fire department ended its search without finding the victim. Perry said crews would return when a sighting of the victim is reported.

"We've exhausted the survivability of the victim," Perry said. He explained that the man could not have survived the frigid water past the time they searched.

Perry said the man had little swimming background and went into the river with a friend. The current pulled him in, and witnesses said they spotted the man one to two times about 100 feet offshore, according to Perry.

Lang Fang said the victim was a friend of his brother. Fang described the victim as a man in his mid-20s but said he did not know his full name and knew little about his family.

An additional three individuals have drowned in the city this summer, including a 25-year-old male who submerged in the same location as Sunday's victim.

On Saturday, firefighters recovered the body of a 20-year-old man who drowned in Lake Natoma Friday night.

Officials expect crowds to flock to the rivers as temperatures climb above a hundred degrees for five days straight.

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