Man's body found in San Joaquin River in northwest Fresno

The Fresno BeeNovember 16, 2013 

Update: Fresno police said Saturday afternoon that foul play is not suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in the San Joaquin River. Police said the man appeared to be Middle Eastern around the age of 40. His identity will be released by the Fresno County Coroner's Office.

A man's body was found in the San Joaquin River in northwest Fresno on Saturday morning.

The man, who has not been identified, was found face-down in the water on the Fresno side of the river, east of the North Palm Avenue and West Nees Avenue access gate, said Fresno Fire Department Battalion Chuck Tobias.

The call came in about 7:30 a.m. Saturday from a person on a bluff above the river who believed they saw a body in the water below, Tobias said.

As of 11 a.m., the body had not been removed because the scene was still being investigated by authorities, Tobias said.

Along with 14 Fresno firefighters, including rescue team members, Fresno police and American Ambulance responded to the call, Tobias said.

Tobias said it's important for anyone engaged in recreational activities near water or swimming in rivers or lakes to remember water temperatures are extremely cold this time of the year, which can quickly lead to cramped muscles for swimmers, or hypothermia. Anyone spending time near water should always have emergency flotation devices, he said.

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