Boy rescued, three adults presumed drowned at popular Sacramento River Delta swimming spot

Three men are missing and presumed dead after swimming out to rescue a boy caught in a fast current in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, officials said.

The elementary school student was swept away around 2 p.m. in Three Mile Slough, a popular spot for boating and swimming in Sacramento County, said Battalion Chief Brandon Wilson of the Rio Vista Fire Department.

He was pulled out of the water unharmed, but three relatives who jumped after him were pulled underwater trying to rescue him, Wilson said.

“It seems calmer, but the undertow and currents in that area are pretty bad,” Wilson said. “They saw her go down and never saw her come back.”

By early evening, officers had transitioned from search and rescue to recovering the missing swimmers.

The family swam in front of Brannan Island State Recreation Area, a popular state park that would normally be packed with bathers on the July 4th holiday weekend, Wilson said.

“In the past we collected life jackets and laid them out on the board in the swim area,” he said. “We’d have to go every weekend and fill them up.”

But they ended that practice when the park closed in April after American Land & Leisure, a park and campground management company, terminated its contract with the state.

The coast was reopened to boaters on weekends from June. But bathers have returned in their wake.

“There was more of a swimming area to the back that was a lot calmer,” Wilson said. “Now people basically find areas and just go into the water without realizing how deep it is.” Boy rescued, three adults presumed drowned at popular Sacramento River Delta swimming spot

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