Rescuers Find Missing Man in El Capitan Reservoir

By Sarah Grieco, Brandi Powell and Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012  |  Updated 9:00 PM PDT
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Body Recovered in El Capitan Reservoir

Rescue crews have found a man who went missing in the El Capitan Reservoir on Sunday.

The 51-year-old man jumped off a boat into the water and drowned shortly after, according to San Diego City Lifeguards.

Tuesday afternoon, after an extensive search in and around the reservoir, lifeguards said the man's body was found and recovered.

The man's body was found by a search team of five divers about 53 feet underwater, said Nick Lerma, Lifeguard Lieutenant.

“The challenges for the divers were many,” Lerma said. “The underwater topography was pretty rugged, there are a lot of rocks, boulders, trees, fishing hooks.”

Authorities said the man's girlfriend family called 911 around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday after he did not surface.

He was on the boat with his girlfriend and her 2-year-old granddaughter when he jumped off. He was not wearing a lifevest and he may have exhausted himself trying to get back to the boat.

His girlfriend said she could not see into the water after he jumped.

A witness told NBC 7 San Diego that she saw a man swim toward the boat after the incident, but then could not see where he went after.

Investigators do not believe alcohol, drugs or foul play was involved.

About 10 divers and a helicopter were sent to search the lake until nightfall Sunday. An additional 30 divers combed the reservoir Monday searching for any sign of the man.

Dogs were being used to search on Tuesday, in addition to special sonar.

Check back for more information on the recovery.
 

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