River search for canoer 'exhausted'

Willows Journal

Recovery efforts for the body of a Bayliss canoer have been "exhausted," and with rains predicted this week, prospects seem dim, the Glenn County Sheriff's Office reported.

Advanced divers from Chico scoured the bottom of the Sacramento River for the body of James John Paidl for about seven hours, but without success, Sgt. Sean Arlin said Monday.

Arlin said future recovery efforts will likely be suspended this week with an expected rain storm the National Weather Service expects to start today and predicts will last several days.

Paidl, 62, was last seen Nov. 23 during a canoe trip down the Sacramento River with a friend, Robert William Heberle, 60, of Woodland. When the canoe capsized in rough waters, Herberle swam safely to shore. Paidl has not been seen since and is presumed dead.

Both were experienced boatsman and neither man was intoxicated, authorities reported.

Cadaver dogs, specialty equipment and an advanced diver were called in last week to search in the more dangerous, faster moving portions of the river, but without success, Sheriff Larry Jones said.

A full-scale search was halted Nov. 26 due to poor weather and underwater visibility

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