Local fisherman’s body recovered after Round Mountain drowning

ROUND MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Authorities say the desperate search for a man who fell into the water while fishing and was swept away by the fast-moving current late Thursday morning, April 2, ended when the victim’s lifeless body was later found and pulled from the frigid water about an hour later.

The deadly accident happened at a popular local fishing spot in the area of the Pit 7 spillway near Fenders Ferry Road in Round Mountain, about 30 miles east of Redding and 22 miles west of Burney.

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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney Sub-Station, along with Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol’s air operations and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 11:45 a.m., after receiving reports of a possible drowning, SCSO officials have since reported.

Officials work at the scene of yesterday’s drowning that killed 65-year-old Round Mountain resident Edward John Forbis. Les Potter photos

When deputies arrived, they learned Edward John Forbis, 65, of Round Mountain, was fishing near the spillway when he fell into the water and was swept away by the swift current.

With help from Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating and Safety Unit, Forbis’ body was discovered around 12:45 p.m., about an hour after the search began. His body was found a short distance from the spillway, according to officials, who successfully recovered the victim.

Forbis was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

Forbis’ family has been notified and with assistance from the County Coroner’s Office, SCSO is continuing to investigate what one witness described as “just a tragic accident.”


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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