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A 26-year-old man who did not swim well and went into the water at New Hogan Reservoir without a life jacket or life vest Saturday was found dead by divers Sunday morning, Calaveras County sheriff’s staff said Tuesday afternoon, more than two days after the man’s body was recovered.

The Sheriff’s Office called the incident a drowning at New Hogan, the 317,000 acre-foot capacity reservoir owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about three miles south of Valley Springs.

A possible drowning was reported at New Hogan at 4:53 p.m. Saturday. New Hogan rangers, deputies, and deputies with boats responded to the Whiskey Creek area of the reservoir. 

The missing man went into the water from an unspecified boat and he did not resurface, according to the possible drowning report.

“It was reported that the male was not proficient in swimming,” said Lt. Anthony Eberhardt of the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s scuba divers began searching a cove area and other deputies operated a remote-controlled underwater vehicle. They stopped searching at 9 p.m. Saturday when darkness began falling.

The search for the missing man resumed Sunday morning, with more deputies with boats and sheriff’s divers. Divers found and recovered the man’s body from New Hogan Reservoir and released the body to the county coroner. Kevin Raggio, the county coroner, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. The Sheriff’s Office did not identify the deceased man.

New Hogan Dam and New Hogan Reservoir provide flood protection, drinking water, electricity, water for irrigation, and recreation, including boating, fishing, water skiing and camping. New Hogan Dam impounds waters of the Calaveras River.

“The Sheriff’s Office wishes to express our deepest condolences to this man’s family and friends,” Eberhardt said.


Contact Guy McCarthy at or 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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