drowning

A California man apparently drowned at Lake Havasu Saturday. Authorities were notified at 4:30 p.m. that Steven Cornejo, 29, South Gate, disappeared after slipping under the lake surface in the area of Red Rock Cove.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Sgt. Tim Smith said Cornejo jumped into the water from a rented pontoon boat to retrieve a hat. Winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour pushed the boat away from Cornejo as he unsuccessfully tried to swim back to board the vessel.

A search for his body was suspended and dusk and resumed Sunday morning. Smith said divers recovered Cornejo at 5:21 p.m. after sonar equipment located his body at a depth of 50 feet of water.

An autopsy is pending at the Mohave County Medical Examiner’s office.

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