About 9 this morning – Thursday, June 13 – a person on the OB Bike Path that runs along the southern edge of the San Diego River saw a body of a man in the water and mud. They reported it to authorities.
Lifeguards waded out to about 30 feet from the river’s edge and retrieved the body. It appeared that his legs had been stuck in the mud and his upper body was floating; it’s possible he drowned in high tide.
This was east of the Sunset Cliffs Blvd bridge over the river. Police reported that the guy had “river plants grasped in each hand as if he had grabbed it to hold on”, Lt. Mayer told the U-T, which also stated:.
Mayer said it appeared that the man had been in the water within the previous 24 hours, possibly when the tide came in.
Lifeguards waded out and retrieved the body, which was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office, fire spokesman Maurice Luque said. Luque said the man appeared to be in his 20s or 30s, and was dressed in camouflage pants and a black shirt.