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Body Removed From American River Marks Third Case This Summer

The removal of the latest body marks a 200-percent increase over this time last summer, Sacramento Metro Fire officials say.

A body pulled from the American River just after 1:15 p.m. Tuesday marks the third such case Sacramento Metro Fire crews have responded to this summer.

Compare that number to the total number of bodies removed to last year and the statistic becomes even more remarkable, Sac Metro Fire assistant chief Walt White said.

"It's a 200-percent increase from last year," White said.

White is referring to the total number of bodies removed from the American River between the Memorial Day and Labor Day period. Last year, during that time one body was removed from the American River. This is the third body removed from the river this year.

After sending two boats into the water and a helicopter up, it was a Sacramento County Ranger who first spotted the body, which washed up on shore just upstream of the Watt Avenue bridge, White said.

The body is described as that of a white male, aged somewhere between 30 and 50, White said. The body had no identification on it. White also said there was no reason to believe the man had been wearing a life jacket.

White said the cause of death will be determined by the Sacramento County Cororner's office.

Andrew Gayner July 11, 2012 at 01:39 AM
This is really sad news. I love the river, it looks nice but nice can be very unforgiving sometimes...
Dawn Hansen July 11, 2012 at 04:17 AM
July 6th was the 20th anniversary of the death of then 20 yr old Christopher Licon, who died trying to swim across the river with my then 14 year old son at Ancil Hoffman Park. It started off as a fun day of bbq and frizbee and then turned tragic. Christopher was graduate of Del Campo and studying to become an EMT at ARC. What a great loss and so much sorrow for the family to lose there only child to the river. My son survived and for months had nightmares of hearing his friend screaming for help when none could help him as he sank and floated away. The river is beautiful but please wear a life jacket or stay the heck on the shore and don't challenge mother nature.
Find The Missing July 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Good Advice In Florida rivers have gators and there have been two attackes in the past two weeks in Our county alone

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