Crews search for California man who went underwater in Colorado River near Moab

Posted at 4:53 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 18:53:29-04

GRAND COUNTY, Utah — Authorities continue the search for a California man who went underwater in the Colorado River near Moab.

On Monday at about 6 p.m., Grand County Dispatch received information about a possible drowning in the area of Big Bend Campground, about seven miles upstream from Moab, according to a press release from Grand County Sheriff’s Office.

The 21-year-old was not wearing a life jacket, the release states. The man had just swam through an area of white water and was in calmer water when he went under.

The release states the victim was about 20 feet from the bank.

The sheriff’s office responded as well as Grand County Search and Rescue.

Classic Lifeguard Helicopter flew the area and the sheriff’s office flew its drone. The release states spotters were set up on the river to monitor the waters overnight.

As of Tuesday evening, the California man had not been found.

The search is still ongoing.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.