Two separate drowning incidents left three people dead Saturday in Butte County. Among the victims were a toddler and his father.
The first incident happened Saturday at 4:45 p.m. on a small body of water in the wildlife area at the end of Palm Avenue in Biggs.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office said a 2-year-old boy fell into the water from an inflatable raft. The infant was wearing a life vest. His 53-year-old father jumped in to save his son and grabbed the boy, but he was not able to get back into the boat.
By the time rescuers arrived, the father had been pulled to the shore and his son was still in the water. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The child died at Gridley Hospital. The names of the father and son were not released.
That same day, a man died after falling into the water at the outlet of the Afterbay of the Feather River.
According to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, Kenneth Cooper, 23 of Fairfield, had been fishing with his uncle. The sandbar Cooper was standing on gave way and he was swept downstream. The uncle told deputies Cooper was underwater for about ten minutes before rescue personnel pulled him from the water. Cooper was transported to Oroville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m..