A man was hospitalized after he was found floating in a pool of urine and other bodily fluids in southern California, authorities said Friday.
The man, a 43-year-old man who has not been identified, was treated and released, but authorities have not said if he will be charged with a crime.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said it received a call from a concerned citizen Friday morning about a man floating in the water.
“He was in a state of shock,” said Sheriff Mike Brown.
The call was from a witness who was swimming in the river and thought he saw a man lying on the bottom.
The witness called deputies.
The victim was in good condition at a local hospital.
The sheriff’s department identified the man as Michael T. Smith, and the coroner said he died Thursday night.
“It’s really a miracle that no one has died,” Brown said.
Authorities say the man was wearing a white T-shirt, white shorts and a blue and white swim bladder mask, according to the sheriff’s office.
The mask is commonly worn by people who have been swimming for a long time.
Smith was found on the side of the river about 10:45 a.m.
He was airlifted to a hospital and pronounced dead at 4:00 p.m., authorities said.