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The Placer County Sheriff’s Department has suspended the search for a missing San Jose man who was in a boat that capsized on Hell Hole Reservoir Thursday night.

Saturday, the effort turned from rescue to recovery. The Placer County Sheriff’s Marine Unit was assisted by Marine Units from the Nevada and Yuba county sheriff departments. Using search boats, underwater search equipment and divers, they were unable to locate Flores’ body. It was determined that the reservoir’s rocky, rugged bottom would make it futile to continue the search. The search was suspended Saturday night.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man who was reported missing on Hell Hole Reservoir this morning.
Peter Flores, 50, of San Jose, was last seen at 9 p.m. last night when his boat capsized. Flores’ son and a friend stayed with the boat while Flores apparently swam for the shore. It’s not clear ifย  Flores was wearing a flotation device.
Sheriff’s Dive Team members are searching the frigid waters for any sign of Flores while other Search and Rescue teams search the rugged shoreline.
The Flores family was camping at Hell Hole, a remote reservoir operated by the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) located about 65 miles east of Auburn.

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