The physique of Joshua Brandon Crane was discovered alongside the American River after he tried to rescue two rafts that crashed.

American River just outside Sacramento, Calif.

American River just outside Sacramento, Calif.

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One Sacramento The man who tried to save two rafters was found dead along the American River, Sacramento bee reported.

The Outlet says that Joshua Brandon Crane, 30, went missing on Friday, July 26 after jumping into the American River to save two people struggling with the rafters. Although the two eventually made it to safety, Crane’s body was not recovered downstream from the San Juan Rapids until Saturday, a popular recreation area in Fair Oaks, California. Bee said Crane was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

It is not clear if the two rafters were wearing life jackets. Crane’s official cause of death is still being determined.

Sacramento County Regional Parks The website says that even healthy, skilled swimmers should wear life jackets when visiting local rivers, lakes and waterways. People should wear them when sailing, swimming, or even just wading. If someone is in trouble, they should scream for help while another reaches out to them with a tree branch, paddle or pole. Bystanders can also throw life jackets or ice chests to the casualty to keep them afloat while help arrives. Currently, there are eight life jacket stations on the American River Parkway that lend life jackets to both children and adults.

The Sacramento Police Department did not respond to SFGATE’s request for comment at the time this article was written.

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