At about 8 a.m. Saturday, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Hemet Station, responded to a call of a possible drowning at Lake Hemet.
Sgt. Jaime Hernandez arrived with three divers. The divers scoured the bottom of the lake for several hours in search of the drowning victim whose name was not released pending notification of relatives.
Hernandez said that three men from the Los Angeles area were fishing from shore on the Lake Hemet peninsula early in the morning when one of the men entered the water to retrieve his fishing pole. “He never came out,” said Hernandez.
The victim’s fishing line became tangled and the victim swam out into the water in an attempt to untangle his line. The victim became tired and was unable to make it back to shore, according to the sheriff’s press release.
A witness, a friend of the victim, swam out in an attempt to assist the victim back to shore. The victim was unable to stay above water and the witness was unable to rescue the victim.
The victim was identified as a Korean male in his 40s.
The search for the drowning victim continued until about 4 p.m. when family members and press were escorted to an area some distance from the lake.
The body had been located. An orange buoy appeared to mark the location.
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