MCSO Dive Team located the body of a drowning victim near Mohave Rock on July 7, 2019. (Photo: MCSO)
LAKE HAVASU CITY — A 16-year-old California boy has drowned near Mohave Rock.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating and safety was notified about 4:20 p.m. July 7 of a person who had jumped into the water near Mohave Rock and had not resurfaced.
Early reports indicated that a 16-year-old boy had jumped off a cliff near the sand bar and had failed to resurface. The Division of Boating Safety began the investigation with help 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 scans were used for underwater searches, while search and rescue units were activated for shoreline and aerial searches.
The boy was finally located deceased about 9:15 a.m. July 6 by side scans. His body was recovered by divers. The victim has been identified as Chance Huerta, 16, of Victorville, Calif.
MCSO said the victim had tried to do a flip off a cliff and landed wrong. He came to the surface briefly, before witnesses on-scene lost sight of him.
This investigation is ongoing.