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Bay Area man, 26, drowns at Woodward Reservoir

Stanislaus County deputies and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District firefighters search Woodward Reservoir on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, for a missing swimmer.
Stanislaus County deputies and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District firefighters search Woodward Reservoir on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, for a missing swimmer.

A 26-year-old Bay Area man drowned Monday at Woodward Reservoir while trying to swim across a cove with his brothers, authorities reported.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District received a report of a potential drowning around 11:45 a.m. at the reservoir, which is several miles north of Oakdale. Deputies and firefighters searched for the man, with the Sheriff’s Department using its two boats and Consolidated using its boat.

Officials later Monday identified the victim as Victor Sagastume-Menjivar, of Sunnyvale. His body was found at about 5 p.m.

Sheriff’s Lt. Ed Ridenour said the victim was camping at the reservoir with family and friends over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Ridenour said three brothers tried to swim across a cove at the reservoir’s area U. He said two brothers made it across and then realized the third brother had not. The two swam back for their brother.

“They tried to pull him to shore,” Ridenour said, “but he was thrashing about and went under the water.”

Officials said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the incident. Sagastume-Menjivar was not wearing a life vest.

This is the first drowning at Woodward Reservoir this year, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

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