MADERA COUNTY, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – The Madera County Sheriff’s Office has identified a teenager who deputies say died following a water rescue at Millerton Lake on Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 15-year-old Armando Juarez passed away after he was pulled from the lake and rushed to a local hospital.
Authorities say Juarez was swimming on the Madera County side of the lake around 12:45 p.m. when he disappeared into the water.
Park rangers began searching for Juarez until he was found in the water by a lifeguard about an hour later.
Juarez was flown to Valley Children’s Hospital by helicopter, where he later died.
According to County officials, drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in Fresno County for children under the age of five, and the second leading cause of death in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 44.
Father’s Day lands on the official start of summer, and as Sheriff’s deputies are warning people to be aware of water currents and for parents to always keep an eye on their children.
Here are additional safety tips to keep children safe:
- Know where your children are at all times and never leave a child unattended around water, even in the bath.
- Always designate an adult “water watcher” and avoid all distracting activities while watching the children.
- Store buckets and kiddie pools upside down.
- Never swim in open water alone, or while under the influence of alcohol or medications.
- Never swim when thunder or lightning is present.
- Never dive into unfamiliar or shallow bodies of water.