MARYSVILLE, Calif. (CBS13) – A Plumas Lake resident and his stepson died Sunday morning after going over a dam on the Yuba River, authorities said.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department said a group of five kayakers began traveling on the Yuba River at around 11:00 a.m. when 17-year-old Tyler Minton was pulled over the Daguerre Point Dam, a 24-foot-tall low-head dam.

Minton’s stepfather, identified as 43-year-old Lee Mattice III, waded into the water to attempt to pull the teen to safety but was also pulled over the edge of the dam by the fast-moving current.

Two fishermen were able to pull Mattice out of the water, but efforts by emergency responders to revive him were unsuccessful, authorities said.

A Sheriff’s Department boat patrol found Minton downriver and rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities have warned of potentially dangerous conditions in rivers across the valley due to the melting Sierra snowpack.

Comments (6)
  1. Chase says:

    That’s so sad! RIP Minton and Mattice may god be with this family

  2. gardengraz says:

    The stepfather is a hero. The young man, toooo young. RIP, praying for them and their family.

  3. Linda says:

    What an assinine think to say. He tried to save his stepson, so he is a hero! RIP

    1. Keith says:

      Selmers you are a F*ck Face, i would love to cut your loose tongue out of your useless face, and force you to be a slave for his living wife. Lee was a brave man, obviously he cared more about his step son’s life than his own. A man willing to die for someone else is always a hero. This is a sad day! Lee was a great man!

  4. keith says:

    good his comment was removed

  5. Marian Durkee says:

    Lee was a great friend to my three kids in school. He was loved by all. I'”m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. He was such a beautiful human being.

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