Rainbow Pool search

A 19-year-old man drowned Tuesday evening at Rainbow Pool, a popular swimming hole in the Groveland area.

The body of Alvin Reyes Jr., of Antioch, was recovered by a dive team and Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members who were called to the area about 6:30 p.m. for a report of someone who had fallen into the water and not surfaced.

“Our hearts go out to Mr. Reyes’ family and friends during this difficult time,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Sheriff’s Deputy Nicco Sandelin said no other information was available when asked about who was with Reyes at the swimming hole.

The area, located in the Stanislaus National Forest on the South Fork Tuolumne River, has proven to be deadly over the years.

There have been at least three other accidental deaths at the spot in the past decade, including one in 2015 involving a 3-year-old boy who died after slipping on a rock and falling into the water.


Contact Alex MacLean at amaclean@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 768-5175.

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