Drowning at Union Valley

By From page A1 | August 4, 2011

The body of a man who was pulled from the Union Valley Reservoir Tuesday afternoon has been identified as 20-year-old Oakland man Stafone Deshun Jackson, authorities announced.

Jackson had traveled to the Union Valley Reservoir to camp with several friends Tuesday morning, said El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Byers.

Shortly after arriving, the group swam some 300 feet into the Camino Cove area to a collection of rocks off the shoreline.

“The swim was harder than they anticipated and after resting the group began swimming back,” said Byers. “Approximately halfway back, Jackson began yelling for help and quickly sank before his friends could get to him.”

Two of Jackson’s friends attempted to locate the Oakland native while another swam back to shore to call 911.

Deputies received the call of a possible drowning at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Patrol units, as well as the department’s Dive Team and Boat Patrol, responded to the reservoir, as did personnel from the U.S. Forest Service and the El Dorado County Fire Protection District.

Responders also received assistance from the California Highway Patrol’s H20 helicopter and a CARE flight air ambulance from out of Truckee.

Initial attempts to locate Jackson were unsuccessful. But shortly before 3:30 p.m., his body was located by the sheriff’s Dive Team in approximately 30 feet of water, roughly 150 feet off the shoreline in the Camino Cove area.

E-mail Jim Ratajczak at [email protected] or call 530-344-5069.

Jim Ratajczak

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