Child Drowns in Humboldt River -
Deputies of the Elko County Sheriff’s Office responded on the afternoon of June 3, 2012
to a location approximately 1 ½ miles west of Elko for a reported drowning. A six-yearold
girl was discovered at the bottom of a deep pool in the Humboldt River by her father
during a family outing. The father began CPR at the scene and then took the girl to the
nearby family residence. Deputies continued CPR upon arriving at the residence. The
child was transported to the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, where she was
later pronounced dead.
Sheriff Jim Pitts wishes to advise everyone that, although the Humboldt appears slow
and shallow near town, there are still areas of dangerous deep water that look
deceptively sluggish in the river areas away from town, especially in the canyons east
and west of the City of Elko. These deep pools contain strong currents and eddies that
can be a danger to anyone who is not a strong or experienced swimmer. Parents
should take extra precautions whenever letting their children swim or play in the waters
of the Humboldt River.