16-year-old boy drowns at Shaver Lake, deputies say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Heartbreak at Shaver Lake.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a 16-year-old boy at Camp Chawankee on Sunday after authorities say he didn’t resurface after going into the water.

“About 12:40 this afternoon we had an incident where a young man jumped off of the pontoon to go swimming and had a little struggle in the water and immediately went underwater water,” Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Chris Tullus said.

Sergeant Tellus says from what the investigation has gathered so far, the teenager was being safe.

“From our gathering, he was wearing his life jacket. We’re still investigating how he managed to go under the water,” Sergeant Tellus said.

One of the four other people on the boat tried to rescue the 16-year-old before authorities arrived.

“We had boats on the water, they got the call, they immediately went out there,” Sergeant Tellus said.

The teenager was found about 15 feet underwater. Investigators say it was a team effort to get him into a rescue boat but the 16-year-old died.

Hours after the drowning, Fresno County Fire posted to social media offering tips for water safety.

Video from SkyView 30 shows Shaver Lake on Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say although the water looks inviting, you can never be too sure.

“Sad. Very sad and unfortunate,” Tiffani Delgado said.

Delgado was heartbroken to hear about the drowning that happened not far from where she was with her family.

“Especially when you think you know you’ve taken all your precautions and you’ve got your family around with you, hoping that they’ll just be just as vigilant,” Delgado said.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says they have two patrol boats on the water and will reevaluate if they need more deputies on the water as we get closer to the 4th of July.

Authorities say they are still trying to piece together what happened with the 16-year-old boy as this investigation continues.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.