Rescuers looking for teen last seen in river near Ripon

07/19/2013 12:05 PM

07/19/2013 12:07 PM

San Joaquin County sheriff’s officials on Friday morning were searching for a 19-year-old Elk Grove man who was last seen struggling in the Stanislaus River near Ripon Thursday evening.

Authorities fear the teenager, identified as Savon Dean, drowned. He went rafting with a friend along the river about 2 p.m. Thursday at Caswell State Park.

About 7 p.m., the friend returned to the campground alone, telling family his friend needed help. The missing man was last seen struggling in the river without a life jacket.

Sheriff’s deputies with help from the Ripon Fire Department and a California Highway Patrol helicopter searched the area for hours without finding him. The sheriff’s Boating Safety Unit continued searching for him Friday.

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