TUOLUMNE COUNTY (CBS13) — Authorities have identified two Bay Area residents as the young men who drowned after jumping into the God’s Bath swimming hole in Tuolumne County last week.
The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office says three people jumped into the water at the popular but dangerous Stanislaus National Forest swimming spot.READ MORE: Record-Breaking Temperatures Posted Around Sacramento Region Friday
Two of the men were overtaken by the swift-moving current and whirlpool. The third person managed to get free and surfaced downstream.READ MORE: Sacramento Mayor Joins Group Pushing For Reparations For Black Communities As Country Celebrates Juneteenth As Federal Holiday
On Tuesday, the sheriff’s office identified the two men who died as 20-year-old Pittsburg resident Benedict Rozario and 25-year-old Daly City resident Rinoel Villena.MORE NEWS: 'The Heat Is Unbearable': Friday Night Out Brings Sacramento Crowds Inside To Beat The Heat
God’s Bath is well known to adventure seekers, but can be extremely hard to get to for people unfamiliar with the area. Authorities have had to rescue drowning victims at the swimming hole in the past, including an incident in 2019 where a woman was pulled to safety then revived using CPR.