One man still missing after canoe tips over outside of home


RED BLUFF, Calif. - Late Friday night deputies performed a swift water rescue that saved two but left one man missing and presumed dead.

Around 11:39 p.m. deputies responded to the area of Jellys Ferry Road at Saron Fruit Colony Road after voices yelling for help were heard.

It was reported that three people, two men and one woman, had been in a canoe that had overturned. The group was trying to return to their home that was surrounded by water, but the canoe overturned before they reached their destination. The conoers were not wearing personal flotation safety devices when they went into the water.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office Boating Unit, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Swift Water Team and the California Highway Patrol assisted with the rescue.

Around 3:30 a.m., one man and the one woman were rescued. However, the remaining man was not found and is presumed to have drowned. The California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Unit flew over this area in an attempt to find the outstanding male but he has not been located.

The names of the involved parties are not being released at this time. The two rescued individuals were transported to local hospitals for treatment due to the length of time they were in the elements. The next of kin is in the process of being notified.

Saturday afternoon the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Unit, as well as the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Boating Unit, returned to the area of the canoe topping. Officials say that an extensive search was conducted for the missing man, but he still has not been located.

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