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A 62-year-old man died on Thursday after trying to ride his paddleboard down a flooded channel in Escondido, a city in North County San Diego, California.

According to reports, 911 operators received a call at around 4 p.m. that the victim, who has been identified as James Michael Miller, had fallen from his board and was swept away. Firefighters responded immediately to Escondido Creek, but realized quickly they needed help from the Swift Water Rescue team. Four teams were dispatched to assist while police blocked off the area as crews searched for the man. When they found him at just before 6 p.m. near the Tulip Street overpass, however, it became a body recovery effort.

He was pulled from the channel at 6:15 p.m., and just over two hours from that initial call to 911, Miller was pronounced dead. NBC7 reported that crews found him stuck in a bush at the edge of the concrete channel, still under the water, with his paddleboard nearby.

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Much of Southern California was battered by the storm that caused Escondido creek to swell after a record-breaking atmospheric river slammed the region.

Our thoughts are with his friends, family, and everyone affected by Miller’s passing.

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