Woman drowns during American River tubing trip in El Dorado County
A 32-year-old San Francisco woman drowned Saturday, July 9, following a tubing accident on the South Fork of the American River.
Elaine Yi Mau died during a inner tubing trip of the river near Kyburz, according to a statement from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
At 4:10 p.m. July 9 the sheriff’s office received a report of a rafting accident on the river.
“According to the 911 call, several people had been rafting in inner tubes on the South Fork of the American River in the China Flat Campground area, and after going through a section of rapids, one of the parties was now missing,” according to the statement.
Personnel from CAL FIRE, El Dorado County Fire and the sheriff’s office responded to the area to search for Mau. At 4:45 p.m., Mau’s body was located submerged in a section of very heavy rapids and a recovery effort was started, according to the statement. She was removed from the water and pronounced dead by paramedics at 6 p.m.
The accident is under investigation by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit and the El Dorado County Coroner’s Office.
It was not immediately known if Mau was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.
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The 28-year-old Victoria, Australia, resident was arrested around 9 p.m. July 9 after he pushed a female acquaintance to the ground while he was being escorted from the property by security, according to a deputy’s report. The woman was trying to prevent him from going back inside the casino against security’s wishes, according to the report. The man, who deputies believe was intoxicated, was being removed from the property for allegedly urinating near the valet entrance to the casino, according to the deputy’s report. He was booked into Douglas County’s Stateline jail.