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One Man Drowns in San Joaquin River, Another Is Hospitalized
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
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June 24, 2024

The San Joaquin River at Skaggs Bridge Park claimed its second drowning victim this month when a man died there on Sunday afternoon. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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The San Joaquin River claimed its second victim this month at Skaggs Bridge Park in Kerman when an unidentified man drowned on Sunday afternoon.

In a confusing scene at the popular park, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office dive team found the man at the bottom of the river at about 7 p.m.

Deputies and emergency medical personnel first responded to reports of a possible drowning at about 3:50 p.m. They found a man on the shore needing medical attention, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. First responders also evaluated a Good Samaritan, who had brought the man to shore and he was found to be OK, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.

While at the park, deputies learned about another man who had gone into the river and hadn’t been seen coming out. That’s when the dive team was brought in and the drowning victim’s body was recovered.

Two weeks ago, Ricardo Perez Diaz, 24, of Madera, drowned at the park.

(GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

 

 

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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