Rivera, 33, was believed to have drowned Wednesday whereas boating along with her 4-year-old son, Josey, in Lake Piru, about 56 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Her son, who was discovered secure and asleep on the vessel, advised authorities that his mother went swimming within the water however by no means climbed again onto the boat.
The 1,200-acre reservoir has been the positioning of quite a few drownings through the years as a result of chilly temperatures that may overwhelm swimmers — in addition to sturdy winds which might be highly effective sufficient to tip over a small boat, the Los Angeles Instances reported.
Douglas West, Lake Piru’s former parks and recreation providers supervisor, stated there had been a couple of dozen drownings throughout his 23 years there, the newspaper reported.
Most have been inexperienced swimmers who usually are not sporting life jackets and are overconfident about their means to trek restricted areas of the waters, he stated.
“The one factor I can emphasize is that if swimmers are round water, they should put on a private flotation system whether or not they know the right way to swim or not,” West stated. “That can save their lives.”
Ventura County Sheriff’s Workplace Deputy Chris Dyer stated Thursday that Rivera had been to the lake earlier than, although her swimming means will not be identified.
She had left her lifejacket behind on the rented vessel, which has since been recovered as authorities seek for the lacking actress.
Dyer stated “harmful situations” prompted authorities to briefly droop the operation round 10 p.m. Wednesday.
“We’re speaking in the course of the day eight to 10 inches of visibility within the lake, a lot of particles, full-sized timber and particles beneath the water and ranging depths,” Dyer stated.
He stated the water’s depth ranges from three or Four toes to as deep as 50 toes, making the reservoir tough to navigate.
“There’s lots of uneven terrain beneath the water which you guys don’t see,” Dyer stated.
On Thursday morning, helicopters, dive groups, ATV autos and boats all scoured the lake, which authorities closed to the general public to assist the efforts.
“The aim remains to be to carry Ms. Rivera dwelling to her household to allow them to have some closure,” Dyer advised reporters.