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Authorities Searching for Man Missing at Lake Cachuma


Saturday, July 12, 2014
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UPDATE: The dive team has suspended it’s search for the missing man — identified as Isiah Sanchez — after citing zero visibility conditions. Divers had reached a depth of 80 feet and performed a search of the immediate area where the 22-year-old was last seen, but discovered nothing. “If conditions improve, the Sheriff’s Dive Team may be called in to search again,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Kelly Hoover in a prepared statement. “In the meantime, County Park Rangers continue to do surface patrols of the area.”

ORIGINAL REPORT: Members of the Sheriff’s Office dive team and county park rangers continue to look for a 22-year-old man who went missing Friday evening while swimming in Lake Cachuma, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kelly Hoover. Around 8 p.m. on Friday, a visitor to the recreation area called 9-1-1, alerting authorities that a boat located about 50 yards offshore — near the north side of the Dakota Plains camping area — had a man waving his arms frantically and two other men nearby in the water.

County park rangers went to that location and rescued one of the men who had been struggling in the water but were unable to find the 22-year-old. Rangers, along with officers from County Fire and the Sheriff’s Office, looked for the man on land and in the water until approximately 10 p.m., when they had to stop due to poor visibility. Authorities restarted the search this morning, with the rangers operating the dive boat. Hoover said the part of the lake where the man was last seen reaches depths of about 80 feet.

The names of the three men — who Hoover said were camping together and reportedly had their boat suffer engine problems — aren’t being released. Why the two men were in the water remains unclear, Hoover said, adding that the 22-year-old may have been trying to swim to shore.

Boating at the lake is stopped during the search, but the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, fully booked this weekend, is still open.

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Very sorry to here this and its a very tragic loss But to let boats keep on boating in our water supply while a body will be floating and torn up by a prop is sickening and people should show some respect for the dead and find the body first before looking for that bass they wont catch. My very heartfelt condolences to the family of the boater and his friends

petej (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And that's just my opinion and nothing else and if I sounded harsh I was not trying to be.

petej (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2014 at 5 p.m. (Suggest removal)

petej, you didn't read the article correctly. It clearly states that boats are NOT being allowed in the water right now....

santabarbarasand (anonymous profile)
July 12, 2014 at 8:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

santabarbarasand last line

"Boating at the lake is stopped during the search, but the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, fully booked this weekend, is still open"

How much hurt the family is going through not knowing where he is. We send our prayers to the family.

myopinion (anonymous profile)
July 15, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

oh nevermind I re-read it. I need coffee!

myopinion (anonymous profile)
July 15, 2014 at 9:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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