An Elk Grove man drowned in the South Yuba River earlier this week. The incident happened on Tuesday, June 5 in the afternoon. Nevada County Sheriff Deputies responded to a call of a man missing in the water around 2:30 pm. The man, 23 year old Christian Cotter of Elk Grove, was near the Highway 49 bridge with a friend, when at some point the friend realized Cotter was missing.
First responders arrived and eventually located Cotter’s body downstream. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said that it appeared that Cotter may have went over a small waterfall and got his ankle stuck in the rocks at the bottom of the pool. Royal said that the cold water combined with rapid water flow likely led to Cotter getting stuck. The Sheriff also said that the cause of death is an apparent drowning, and would be need to confirmed by the coroner. One media source reported that Cotter was apparently not wearing a life vest.
Royal said “It’s just a reminder that those who want to enjoy the river that the river is cold, it’s running still high and pretty fast, and if you don’t take precautions that you could become the victim of a drowning because of being lodged in the rocks at the locations where these drownings have been occurring.”