Officials Recover Body of Man Who Jumped Into NorCal River to Save 12-Year-Old Daughter

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The man jumped into the South Yuba River to save his daughter and was then swept downstream, authorities say. (Credit: KTXL)

The man jumped into the South Yuba River to save his daughter and was then swept downstream, authorities say. (Credit: KTXL)

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Authorities have recovered the body of a man who was swept down a California river while trying to rescue his 12-year-old daughter.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office says state park visitors spotted the body of 34-year-old Alexander Alvarez on Sunday in the South Yuba River, about 200 yards from where he vanished. Authorities retrieved it.

The Citrus Heights man vanished on July 13 after jumping into the fast-flowing river northeast of Sacramento to rescue his daughter, who had slipped and fallen in.

Park employees and a good Samaritan saved the girl but an air and ground search failed to find the father.

Meltwater from the Sierra Nevada snowpack has swollen the river, which has been flowing at up to five times normal.

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