FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A man drowned in the San Joaquin River while he was at a recreation area on Saturday evening, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 5:30 p.m., deputies were called out to Lost Lake in Friant after it was reported that a man in his 50s had gone underwater and never came back up.

When deputies arrived, they were able to find the man’s body under the surface of the water with the help of a helicopter.

After several attempts, firefighters from Cal Fire were able to pull the man out of the water, but officials say he had already passed away.

Officials say the man had been spending the day at the lake with his family when he drowned.