Rescue crews up the ante on 4th day to recover missing girl in Lakeside reservoir

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SAN DIEGO-- Rescue teams beefed up their efforts to recover a missing 12-year-girl in the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside Tuesday.

San Diego Fire-Rescue confirmed they had more teams assisting on what marks the fourth day of the search to find a girl who went overboard on a WaveRunner-type watercraft in the East County reservoir.

Tuesday's team would compose of 36 divers from multiple agencies including United States Border Patrol's BORSTAR team, Navy's EOD and Salvage teams, SDFD lifeguard divers, City of San Diego lake ranger divers, San Diego Harbor police, and the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Mónica Muñoz, a spokeswoman for SDFD said.

The search also utilized technology from the Scripps Institute, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Teledyne SeaBotix San Diego. Each agency had vehicles with underwater capabilities, said Muñoz.

“New today is the Scripps Institute of Oceanography is here, and also the Public Utilities Wastewater division because they have technology that they’re very familiar with because they use it routinely to check the condition of wastewater pipes they have under water. So a tremendous confluence of not only skill but also technology in doing everything we can to cover every spot,” said Muñoz.

The Sheriff's Department also provided a helicopter that made passes along the shoreline, as well as human remains search dogs that accompanied search teams on boats.

Encinitas lifeguards were also at the scene.

The rescue team also included an AMR ambulance crew  who were at the lake to provide assistance if needed.

Lakeside Fire District also had a volunteer logistics team to provide snacks, water, and coffee to rescue crews.

“We’re recovering some of the areas that we covered yesterday because of the fact that we have more resources and we’re wanting to rule out certain areas. So with making multiple passes and then having additional information that we were able to retrieve based on the information that we gathered the last two days has been very very helpful and yes, we’re absolutely appreciative and just overflowing with gratitude for everyone who is out here incredibly committed to this mission in reuniting this family,” said Muñoz.

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