A 23-year-old man from Mexico died in a drowning incident at Jenks Lake in the San Bernardino Mountains Sunday, July 24, sheriff’s officials said.
At 1:07 p.m., San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call for a drowning at the lake, east of Angeles Oaks, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The man had been on a makeshift boat before it sank in the middle of the lake, officials said.
The victim struggled before going underwater and did not resurface, authorities said. A witness tried to swim out to help the victim, but began to struggle themselves, and were removed from the water and treated at Bear Valley Hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The deputies and officers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived and began a search for the victim, but were unsuccessful in finding him, sheriff’s officials said. The water’s conditions were heavy with weeds and grass, making it tough to swim, authorities said.
A dive team with the Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene and continued the search, officials said. At 6:07 p.m., the victim’s body was found and recovered from the lake, along with the makeshift boat, authorities said.
The victim’s identity was not immediately available.
The hospitalized victim was later released after being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.
It was learned that the victim found an old jet ski on the shore and attempted to use it as a canoe, the Sheriff’s Department said.