Man who went missing while canoeing in flood waters found


TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - The man who went missing late Friday night after canoeing in flood waters was found Sunday and has been identified as Michael Keaohou Lujan, 35, from Red Bluff.

Officials said just prior to noon on Sunday, the California Highway Patrol's Air Operations Unit returned to the area of the incident, Jellys Ferry Road at Saron Fruit Colony Road. Officials said they were not able to find Lujan at that time.

A short time later, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Boating Unit and the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Team returned to the area and conducted a ground search after a backpack had been found belonging to Lujan.

Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Lujan's body was found in the water amongst trees. Lujan's family was contacted and he was positively identified.

On Tuesday, an autopsy was conducted on Lujan and his cause of death was determined to be drowning.

The Tehama County Sheriff's Office said on Friday, around 11:39 p.m., deputies responded to the area of Jellys Ferry Road and Saron Fruit Colony Road due to voices yelling for help being heard. It was reported that two men and a woman had been in a canoe that had overturned.

Officials said the victims were attempting to return to their home that was surrounded by water but not flooded. The canoe overturned before getting to the home and the victims were not wearing life jackets.

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 this event.

At about 3:30 a.m., one man and the woman were rescued. However, Lujan could not be found.

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