SACRAMENTO, CA - A 25 year old Sacramento man drowned in the American River Sunday around 3:30 p.m. during a swim with friends.
The victim, a friend and the friend's 12-year-old daughter swam to an island off the Howe Avenue Boat Launch Facility, near La Riviera Drive, and were swimming back to shore when the man got into trouble. The friend tried to help the man, but wasn't able to according to relatives.
Sacramento City Fire crews responded to the scene to search for the man. Around 4:45 p.m., crews recovered the man's body.
The friend and the 12-year-old girl were not injured during the incident.
Thedeath comes a day a man drowned in Lake Natoma in Folsom. Emergency reponders say 23-year-old Christopher Harris of Rancho Cordova,was not wearing a life jacket either.
Both drownings serve as an important reminder.
"You've got to remember the water is very very cold and if you're not a strong swimmer, you get out into the water, you become fatigued quickly," said Chief Calvin Howard of Folsom Fire District.
Assistant Chief of Sac City Fire Niko King said, "People have to understand the water is in the mid 50s right now. It takes the human body about 10 minutes before onset of hypothermia. You're going to be short of breath, start cramping over. If you're a bad swimmer, you're not going to make it."