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Capsized boat leads to search for missing man at Salt Springs Reservoir
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Authorities in Amador County are still looking for a missing man at the Salt Springs Reservoir.

Amador County Sheriff's Department said the missing man, 48-year-old Daniel Robert Pedersen, was one of the two men who took their canoe out early Sunday morning to the reservoir before the canoe capsized.

At 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Amador County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from a PG&E employee who said that a man had just shown up at a cabin near the reservoir and reported that he and a friend went canoeing in the reservoir until their canoe capsized.

The man, later identified as 34-year-old Jackob Kent Marhefka, told the PG&E employee he made it shore but his friend did not, according to the sheriff's office.

When deputies, fire and medical arrived to interview Marhefka, he told authorities that he and Pedersen were camping in the area near the reservoir and decided to go for a late night canoe trip. According to the sheriff's office, Marhefka said at some point the canoe capsized and that the men attempted to paddle it to shore but were unsuccessful, so they decided to swim to shore instead.

Marhefka said as he got to shore, he lost sight of Pedersen in the dark. When Marhefka took authorities to where he came to shore, Pedersen was nowhere to be found.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter flew over the lake and around the shoreline in attempt to find Pedersen. A dive team was also called in to bring in a underwater camera system to look for Pedersen as well.

At this time, Pedersen has yet to be located, the sheriff's office reports.


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