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Man drowns in swift-moving river in Central California

Posted at 7:54 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 22:54:36-04

A 30-year-old man from Fresno has drowned after falling into a swift-moving river near Bass Lake in Central California.

The Madera County Sheriff's Office said he was swept away while trying to cross Willow Creek Trail above Angel Falls.

On May 9, another man tried to cross the same trail and was swept into a whirlpool.

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer who was trekking in the area coordinated a rescue effort involving a half-dozen people to pull the man to safety.

The trail has been closed by the Sierra National Forest amid the coronavirus pandemic and was set to reopen on Thursday.