Search Called Off for Man Who Fell into Napa River

A sheriff's boat team would likely continue the search on Monday, according to Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart. By Bay City News Service.

Emergency officials in Napa County have called off a search on the Napa River for a San Francisco man who went into the water while fishing early Sunday morning.

Jose Ernesto Magana, 26, was apparently fishing with a friend off of Brazos Bridge on the Green Island Road side at about 2:45 a.m., Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

Magana fell into the water and his friend, who did not know how to swim, called 911.

Detectives responded to the scene and spoke with a neighbor who reportedly heard yelling and screaming in Spanish, and heard a splash in the water.

Magana had not been located as of 2 p.m. Sunday, and officials called off the search for the day, Stuart said.

A sheriff's boat team would likely continue the search on Monday, Stuart said.

Napa County Sheriff's search and rescue deputies, the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in Sunday's search.

By Bay City News Service. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for updates as they become available.

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Leo September 17, 2012 at 04:53 PM
We went out looking in the sloughs until 6pm. The resue teams were still at the Marina at 5pm and they were people standing on the bridge. The helicopeter was flying around as well. They might have called off the search but people were still seaching.Most likely he is still full of water and hasn't surfaced yet. Prayers to the family.
Louisa Hufstader September 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Thank you for being part of the search, that has to be kind of tough.
chuck2251 September 17, 2012 at 05:37 PM
How does someone fall in a river wearing a life jacket and can not be found..??
Belle (Orchid Lady) September 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I heard one of the rescuer team say "they have survivability at 30 hours based on water temperature, current, and tides". This was on KTVU (Chanel 2 news) yesterday. That may have some reason for when they called off the search. Chuck, I have never worn a life jacket fishing from a bridge or the river bank. He wasn't in a boat, therefore no need or thought of a life jacket I assume. My heart and prayers goes out to his family!
BoxLab September 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM


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