An 84-year-old man drowned at Millerton lake. It happened around 10:50 Sunday morning, at the cove known as East Bay, on the Fresno County side of the lake, according to park officials.
Water rescue teams spent hours searching for the man’s body until it was recovered.
A fun summer day spent out at the lake turned into a tragedy. “It is really sad,” Christina Jimenez, a lake visitor, said.
Jimenez and her friends say they saw a very active scene with first responders, early Sunday morning at Millerton Lake.
Both California State Park Rangers and Fresno County Sheriff’s Dive Team, out on the water, searching nearly 50 feet deep to recover the elderly man’s body.
“The incident was reported as an 84-year-old male attempting to swim from the shoreline to a boat that was anchored in 50 feet of water approximately 50 yards off the shoreline,” Steve Barber, ranger supervisor with California State Parks, said.
Barber said the man was not wearing a life jacket and swimming in an unguarded swim beach. He said the elderly man’s swimming capability is unknown at this time.
Barber says they encourage all visitors to swim where there’s a life guard on duty. Officials searched for nearly five hours until Fresno County Sheriff’s Dive Team located the body around 3:30 p.m.
“California State Parks views this as a sad and unfortunate event and something that we are vigilant in trying to prevent everyday that we’re out here doing our job making sure folks know about the risks when entering the water,” Barber said.
A risk Jimenez says she and her friends try to remember.
“You just have to keep in mind your safety precautions when you’re at the lake and wearing your life jacket and be aware of your surroundings,” Jimenez said.
Officials have not released the name of the victim.