Man lost during Labor Day float

Sheriff’s officials are searching for 20-year-old Cal Poly student Brett Olson

Sheriff’s officials from Butte and Glenn counties are searching for a man who disappeared during the Labor Day weekend float down the Sacramento River.

Brett Olson, a 20-year-old Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo student, was last seen by friends at Beer Can Beach on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2). That’s when an estimated 12,000 people hit the river, most entering the waterway at Irvine Finch River Access and exiting at Scotty’s Landing. Rescue crews made 63 water rescues and 124 assists on Sunday, the busiest day on the river. Thirteen people were taken to Enloe Medical Center by ambulance.

Olson (pictured), who is from Lafayette, is a theater-arts major in his junior year.

As of press time, ground, air and water searches had been unsuccessful. Olson is about 6-foot-1 and 150-170 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information should call the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office at 934-6431.