ST. GEORGE — A 21-year-old California man is presumed to have died Monday in a drowning accident in the Colorado River. Officials were still searching the river for the man’s body Tuesday.
At approximately 6 p.m. Monday, Grand County dispatch was advised of a possible drowning near the Big Bend Campground, approximately 7 miles upstream from Moab, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.
The 21-year-old had been swimming in the area of Big Bend and was not wearing a life jacket, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“(He) had just swam through an area of white water and was in calmer water when he went underwater,” officials said, adding that the man was estimated to have been approximately 20 feet from the bank.
According to officials, the water temperature at the time of the incident was 74 degrees.
Sheriff’s Office officials and members of the Grand County Search and Rescue team responded to the area. Classic Lifeguard Helicopter and a Sheriff’s Office drone were flown over the area to assist in the search for the man.
Lights and spotters were set up on the river to monitor the waters overnight, officials said. However, by Tuesday morning, the man had not been located.
The search is expected to continue Tuesday with Grand County Search and Rescue and Park Service boats in the river.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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