A 12-year-old girl from Waterloo was killed last Saturday in an incident at the San Vicente Reservoir in southern California.
Lia Rose Barakett was riding with family in a boat on San Vincente Reservoir when she accidentally fell overboard, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Lia was sitting in the front of the boat looking down into the water wearing a life jacket when she fell out, SD Fire-Rescue Dept. spokesperson Monica Munoz told Global News.
Lia somehow became separated from her lifejacket before going under.
Munoz said several people immediately dove into the water looking for her but were unable to find her. Someone else on the boat called 911 and the San Diego police department, lifeguards and staff from the lakes searched on Saturday until dark.
With the help of a sonar device, local authorities were able to locate her body four days later, 167 feet below the surface of the water. A team of divers and a remote-operated vehicle then recovered her body.
San Diego Fire Rescue posted a video of the recovery efforts on its Facebook page.
Correction: This story initially stated that firefighters searched for the body on the first day when in fact it was SDPD and lifeguards.
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