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Body of 50-year-old Found in Lake Elsinore

Monday, May 30th, 2011
Issue 22, Volume 15.

LAKE ELSINORE - The body of a 50-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man -- the subject of a three-day search -- was recovered today in Lake Elsinore, according to the county coroner's office.

Gamaliel Balagtas Nunez died Sunday afternoon after the wind capsized a boat from which he was fishing with his wife and two sons.

A search team found the body around 10:30 a.m. using sonar to pinpoint the location, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Nunez , his wife and two sons were in a 12-foot boat that started taking on water and overturned around 1:30 p.m. Sunday amid winds gusting to about 40 mph, witnesses told deputies.

All four started swimming for shore. Another boater rescued the woman and sons but the man disappeared under water, Sgt. Raymond Nava said.

Authorities were notified of the emergency at 1:48 p.m., and the search began for Nunez.

The boat flipped about 150 yards southeast of the Advertisement
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32000 block of Riverside Drive, according to the coroner's office.

Man Presumed Drowned in Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE - Efforts to retrieve the body of a 50-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man presumed drowned when a fishing boat overturned on windswept Lake Elsinore will resume today.

The man, his wife and two sons were in a fishing boat that started taking on water and overturned about 1:30 p.m. Sunday amid winds gusting to about 40 mph, witnesses told Riverside County sheriff's deputies.

All four started swimming for shore, and another boater rescued the woman and sons. But the man, whose name authorities withheld, disappeared underwater, Sgt. Raymond Nava said.

Authorities were notified at 1:48 p.m., and a search began for the missing man, who was not found by a sheriff's dive team yesterday afternoon.

At 6 a.m. this morning, a search crew will resume looking for the man, deputies said.

The trio reportedly were in a 12-foot boat.



Comment Profile Imagebernee
Comment #1 | Monday, May 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Wow i was thier,i seen the ambulance.i was having boat troubles,it was crazy yesterday! I wanna give my respects to the family...
Comment Profile ImageMy 2 cents
Comment #2 | Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 at 11:35 am
This is a very sad and easily preventable tragedy. According to another news story, everyone was wearing a life jacket. However, as the other three were being rescued, the victim slipped out of his life jacket and disappeared under water.

To me, the unanswered questions are: Why did his life jacket slip off? Was it not the right size? Was it not fastened correctly? Was he totally incapable of swimming?

I do a lot of boating on Canyon Lake. All non-swimmers must wear a properly fitted and fastened life jacket before getting in my boat. All kids 12 and under must wear a life jacket regardless of swimming ability...even when standing on the dock.
Comment Profile ImageTim
Comment #3 | Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm
Life jackets? Flotation Devices?

What a terrible shame, regardless. God help the family.
Comment Profile ImageStaff
Comment #4 | Thursday, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Another accounting of the story which we couldn't verify, was that everyone had flotation devices, but the father had given all the best ones to the rest of the family. Not sure if it wasn't the right size or what happened exactly.
Comment Profile ImageRicardo
Comment #5 | Thursday, Jun 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm
God be with the family.

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