The body of a Victorville, California, teenager was pulled from Lake Havasu by divers Saturday morning. The Mohave County Sheriff's Department said Chance Huerta, 16, was found by divers a day after he jumped off a cliff near Mohave Rock, just north of the Sand Bar.
According to the sheriff's department, Huerta attempted to a do a flip while jumping off the rocks Friday afternoon, and he landed wrong. He briefly resurfaced but witnesses lost sight of him. Dive teams began searching Friday night and resumed Saturday morning.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Division of Boating Safety began investigating, with assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Dive teams and side scan sonar were used for underwater searches, while search and rescue Units were activated for shoreline and aerial searches.
The search for a missing teenager in the Colorado River continues Saturday morning. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety said divers are still searching for the missing 16 year old male who went missing after jumping off a cliff on the Colorado River, north of Lake Havasu City, on Friday.
Sonar and dive operations are in progress in the area of Mohave Rock and the Sand Bar on the Colorado River. The sheriff's department is asking boaters to avoid the area. Intermittent river closures will be in affect during these operations. If approaching the search area, please travel at a no wake speed.
EARLIER: Mohave County Sheriff's Deputies began a search Friday afternoon for the possible victim in a drowning accident.
The incident occurred near the Sandbar, a landmark of Lake Havasu in the area of Crystal Beach, where an unidentified 16-year-old leaped into the water from a cliff. According to witnesses at the scene, the victim surfaced once, attempted to tread water, and disappeared from view.
Dive teams and Mohave County Sheriff's boating safety officers searched the area into Friday evening, and boaters are being diverted to the California side of Lake Havasu as search and recovery teams attempt to find the victim.
The Mohave County Sheriff's Office requested Friday afternoon that boaters and travelers avoid the Sandbar and Mohave Rock as search efforts continue.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.