South Tahoe grad dies in Yuba river
April 22, 2009
Two Northern Californians, one of them a 1995 South Tahoe High School graduate, died over the weekend in accidents along stretches of rivers.
Mollie Taplin, 31, of Nevada City was found floating face down in the South Yuba River just downstream from Edwards Crossing on Saturday. An autopsy is pending in both cases for the exact cause of death, according to Nevada County Chief Deputy Coroner Cathy Valceschini.
According to a friend from South Lake Tahoe, Taplin was a graduate of South Tahoe High School.
In a separate incident, cold water is presumed to be the reason for the drowning of Daniel Farris, 22, of Yuba City, who was recovered from a creek Sunday in the Spenceville Wildlife Area.
With two more days of scorching temperatures predicted across Northern California, authorities are warning people to stay out of tempting but potentially deadly mountain streams.
Sunny skies are expected to prevail through Thursday, but there will be a chance for showers over the weekend if clouds move in Thursday night as forecasted by the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
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In western Nevada County, long-timers generally advise staying out of the water until after Independence Day. Melting snow in the spring and early summer creates high flows of frigid water that look tempting on hot days.
But the sudden loss in body temperature can be fatal or cause swimmers to become drowsy or exhausted and leave them prone to drowning.
Water temperatures in the Sierra this week will be in the 50- to 60-degree range and can cause hypothermia quickly, the National Weather Service said.
Children should be monitored closely around water, as hypothermia hits them more quickly than adults.