Man drowns in San Gabriel River in Azusa

AZUSA >> A man died after falling into the San Gabriel River while recreating with friends on the riverbed at the northern edge of Azusa on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The name of the drowning victim, initially described by as a Los Angeles man, was not released Thursday pending notification of his family, according to Azusa police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The suspected accident took place about 4:40 p.m. in the river along San Gabriel Canyon Road near the bike trail, Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said in a written statement.
While the circumstances surrounding the drowning remained under investigation, “Preliminarily it is known that the victim was visiting the riverbed with a friend when he became caught in the water’s current,” Dennis said. “There are no current signs of foul play however the investigation is ongoing.”
Coroner’s records indicated the victim had fallen into the water, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
A sheriff’s department helicopter crew found the man in the river and hoisted him into a helicopter, officials said.
He was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The area where Wednesday’s drowning took place is private property, and trespassing is forbidden, Dennis said.
“Additionally, the water currents within this area of the riverbed are extremely dangerous and not designated for swimming or water sports,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Azusa Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-812-320

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