LAKESIDE, Calif. -- For a second day, dive teams searched unsuccessfully for signs of a 12-year-old girl who fell off a WaveRunner-type watercraft in the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.
Rescuers recovered the girl's life jacket, but had still not found her Sunday afternoon, and officials say the girl is presumed to have drowned. The search for the 12-year-old's body continued unsuccessfully into Sunday evening, and officials said that the reservoir's significant depth posed a serious challenge to the effort.
Around 7 p.m. Sunday, lifeguards said that dive teams would have to end their search for the night. The "recovery effort" will resume Monday morning, officials said.
The girl was first reported overboard around 6 p.m. Saturday, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department told FOX 5.
“The child was at the front of the boat. Basically, they were pulling an inflatable behind with the adults. As they came down in speed, the bow of the boat (slowed) and (dipped) and the child fell overboard," San Diego Lifeguards Lt. Rich Stropky explained.
Dive teams from San Diego Police Department searched the water while helicopters looked for the missing child from the air and ground teams worked the shore, the Sheriff's department said.
Rescue teams were called off after sunset Saturday and resumed the search Sunday morning.
Lifeguards spoke to the boat operator and were able to restart the search in a targeted area using a variety of underwater technologies, including SONAR. San Diego Fire-Rescue also tweeted pictures of an "autonomous underwater vehicle" or "AUV" that was being used in the search.
The reservoir was closed to the public during the search.
This is the autonomous underwater veh (AUV) that Orca Maritime is using for mapping the search area. SDG&E’s contractor from WH Pacific is using a UAV which has a radio metric camera. #gratitude #technology pic.twitter.com/zgshIvDU7H
— SDFD (@SDFD) August 12, 2018
We will update this developing story as we learn more.