Cal Fire Butte County says a 17-year old boy went missing on the Feather River Wednesday evening when a group he was with was rafting on the river.
Rescue crews responded to the Feather River near the Oroville Wildlife area for a report of a missing individual around 7pm. First responders say the group was rafting near where the afterbay empties into the Feather River. They go out to swim, but the current was too strong and took the 17-year old under the water.
Cal Fire Butte County says they began a dynamic water rescue. Personnel searched the shore-line, while a CHP helicopter searched from the air. First responders say they often have to perform rescues in this area because people don't recognize the strength of the moving water and its under-currents.
Shorrock says, "They were in the area of where the afterbay outlet empties into the Feather River. They tried to get out of it. The one swimmer was out of the boat and went under. It's a very dangerous part of the water, probably in my opinion, one of the most dangerous on the Feather River because of the two currents coming together."
Shorrock says the individual was not wearing his life-jacket. Search and Rescue divers from the Butte County Sheriff's Office were on their way to the scene to assist in the search. Search efforts were suspended Wednesday night because the area was too dangerous. The search will resume at 8am Thursday.
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