Tuesday, October 3, 2023

[TRAGIC UPDATE]River Goer Drowns in Potter Valley—CPR In-Progress

The Eel River near SR 162 [Picture by Matt LaFever]

A river goer was pulled from the East Fork of the Russian River this afternoon after drowning in its waters. Emergency personnel are conducting CPR.

Scanner traffic initially came out just after 3:45 p.m. regarding the incident that occurred at a swimming hole along Potter Valley Road described as across from Cold Creek Compost.

Emergency personnel responding to the scene described being flagged down by a group of people on the beach near the victim.

UPDATE 4:26 p.m.: Tragically, the river goer did not survive. A first responder at the scene reported CPR efforts were unsuccessful.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. 💐 Condolences to this persons loved ones, family, and friends.

    This is tragic. Its hot out and we’re all just trying to cool off.

    Matt, Could you please dig a little deeper and tell us what the cause of this drowning was?

    Maybe that info could save a life.

  2. Cold water, underwater currents, health problem or wildlife attacked(Territorial beavers, Salmon have teeth, sea lions will swim up river. You never know. Mountain Lion swim, bear do too. Lots of things can happen. Minks are aggressive. Be Careful. Sounds relaxing with this heat out here though. Can’t blame them.

  3. That river has a tangled bottom, swift cold current and its murky. Combine that with alcohol or heat exhaustion or get a cramp. That river needs a life gaurd, so many people over the years….

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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