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Rescue Teams Continue Search for Missing Mother in San Joaquin River Near Newman

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NEWMAN, Calif. — An intensive search operation is underway in the San Joaquin River following the disappearance of a woman on Thursday evening. Emergency services responded to a call at approximately 6:30 p.m. regarding a water-related incident near the 26800 block of River Road.

Reports indicate that Brenda Duran entered the river in an attempt to save her 11-year-old daughter, who was having difficulty staying afloat. Duran, herself, became distressed while in the water. Her 14-year-old son also entered the water in an effort to assist both his sister and mother. While the two children ultimately reached safety, the 30-year-old mother has not yet been located.

The search efforts by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office persisted until 11 p.m. on Thursday, at which point the operation was suspended due to limited visibility and growing safety concerns. The search resumed early Friday morning with authorities concentrating their efforts in the Newman vicinity, combing through the river’s waterways.

With the ongoing search, the local community has been on high alert, and resources have been allocated to ensure a thorough scouring of the area. The search involves multiple agencies and specialists equipped to handle the complexities of underwater search and rescue missions.

The incident has highlighted the dangers of waterways, especially during rescue attempts, and the importance of exercising caution around rivers and bodies of water.

Source: KXTV