Elk Grove Man Presumed Drown

A man from Elk Grove is presumed drowned. Omar Chaar, a graduate of Franklin High School in Elk Grove, was celebrating his 25th birthday on Sunday, August 9, 2015.

He and his friends headed to the popular green waters of the South Yuba River State Park. They all hiked into the Emerald Pool to see some high cliff jumping and enjoy a slide down a thirty-foot waterfall.

Omar’s father, Ramez Chaar tells how Omar slid down the waterfall into the large pond but never came back up from beneath the water. Omar’s father said, “instead of going to the right when he hit the water, he was pushed by the water or by mistake he went to the left.”  “On the left, there is a kind of hole. It is a very dangerous area. His friends could do nothing at all. They called for help.” Chaar indicated that there should be a sign warning the people of the dangers for swimming in that area.  More more information follow this link the Sacramento Bee news paper article.

Omar Chaar, a strong swimmer, was studying biochemistry at Sacramento  State University.

Search efforts are underway again today by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. The county’s dive team is also looking for Omar Chaar.  Although the investigation is still in progress we have learned that the undercurrent is more than likely the cause of the presumed drowning.

“I would not recommend anyone slide down the waterfall,” said sheriffs’ Captain Jeff Pettitt.

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