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Humboldt County Sheriffs Detectives responded to Hoopa late Saturday afternoon after a man drowned in the Trinity River. At about 4:20 p.m. Saturday a Sheriff’s Deputy was near the Hoopa Station and recognized pedestrian James J. Randall as having an outstanding felony warrant. The deputy attempted to make contact with Randall. Randall, 22 of Hoopa, fled from the deputy. Randall ran around a nearby motel and down to the Trinity River. He ran east along the river, under the Highway 96 Bridge. Randall took off some of his clothing and then entered the water. He swam into the river but was swept downriver by the strong current. Sheriff’s Deputies launched a boat at the river access behind Legion Hall. As they were launching the boat they were notified that Randall had been recovered at Big Rock (near the Rodeo Grounds). Citizens began resuscitation efforts until Sheriff’s Deputies took over when they arrived in the boat a few minutes later. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced Randall deceased.
The point in the river where Randall entered was about 150 feet across and the water temperature was approximately 48 degrees.