Tuesday, October 3, 2023

[TRAGIC UPDATE]Water Rescue Underway After Man Reportedly Jumped From Rock Into Eel River and Stopped ‘Moving’

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The Eel River along State Route 162 [Photo by Matt LaFever]

A man has reportedly jumped from a rock into the Eel River along State Route 162 and afterward stopped ‘moving,’ according to the dispatcher relaying information from witnesses at the scene.

First responders are converging on the scene, an air ambulance has been requested, and a swift water team is being deployed in the area.

Scanner traffic around 4:50 p.m. indicated the incident is located along State Route 162 near mile marker 12.25

A caller relayed to dispatch the subject is approximately 14′ underwater and appears unconscious.

UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: The Incident Commander told dispatch water rescue efforts would shift to recovery which means emergency personnel believe the individual is deceased. Our hearts go out to those who have lost a loved one and emergency personnel who are helping recover the deceased.

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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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
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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