Man drowns in San Joaquin River at Skagg’s Bridge Park in Kerman, deputies say

UPDATE: San Joaquin River drowning victim ID’d as Fresno man. He couldn’t swim, coroner says

One man drowned Sunday afternoon at Skagg’s Bridge Park in Fresno County near Kerman.

Deputies responded to the park, located near Highway 145, of reports of a drowning after four men entered the water just before 4 p.m.

Deputies and EMS arrived and found one man on the shore in need of medical attention. He was rushed to the hospital and was in critical condition.

Deputies said a man who was in the river noticed another man in trouble and rescued the victim and brought him ashore.

The two did not know each other, deputies said.

Medics evaluated the good Samaritan, who was determined to be OK.

First responders then learned another man was possibly missing in the river who went swimming with the other men. Deputies said a man was missing and the sheriff’s dive team were called out to conduct a search.

The divers found the man at 7 p.m. and he was pronounced dead.

Initially, deputies said two men had drowned but later clarified what happened.

Skaggs Bridge Park in Fresno County.
Skaggs Bridge Park in Fresno County.