Man Drowns At Oroville Wildlife Area In Gridley

May 27, 2015

Authorities say a man drowned at the Oroville Wildlife Area near Palm Avenue in Gridley while trying to cross a pond carrying a rock.

Twenty-one-year-old Austin Harr was reportedly attempting to swim across a pond Monday while holding a rock estimated to weigh about 10 pounds.

His friends called for help when he did not emerge from the water.

It's unclear why Harr was swimming with a rock, although California Highway Patrol says alcohol may have played a role.

Sarah Bohannon contributed to this report.