OGDEN — For the third time in the past month, Ogden police have discovered an apparent drowning victim in a city river.
James Linder, 39, Ogden, died shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday after going for a swim in the Weber River, Ogden Police Lt. Clark Combe said.
Linder was drinking and picnicking along the river banks when he decided to go for a swim near the 500 block of west 24th Street. Linder's brother and a few friends watched as the man was caught in a swift undertow and taken under, Combe said. The group attempted to save Linder but found the current too swift, he said.
The Weber County sheriff's underwater rescue team was called and pulled Linder's body from the river at 10 p.m.
Combe said the incident appears to be an accidental drowning, but an autopsy report is needed to officially determine a cause of death.
Two people, both transients, have also died in city rivers since June 27.