Big Bear Lake, CA — Police activity, specifically two helicopters, over the western portion of the City of Big Bear Lake in the 2pm hour has been prompted by rescue efforts at Camp Cedar Lake, located off Mill Creek Road. An official with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tells KBHR that a man is missing in the lake water and though his name has not yet been released, we can tell you that he is not a resident of the Big Bear Valley. Sheriff’s helicopters have been looking for the individual in Cedar Lake while members of the Sheriff’s Department’s dive team have been in the water. We will bring you updates on this incident as information becomes available.
The update, as per the press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:
“At 1:36 p.m. this afternoon, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a request for assistance on a medical aid call for service, wherein a male was reported to have fallen in the lake at Camp Cedar Lake and was under water. Upon arrival, deputies determined that two men were canoeing in the lake. They were with a group from Los Angeles Mission who were at the camp for a retreat. The canoe capsized, throwing the two men overboard. The victim was unable to swim and sank under the water. The second male was not able to assist the victim due to the frigid temperature of the water.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department dive team was called to the scene. One of the divers was dispatched from the airship into the water. The victim was located approximately 30 feet from the dock on the north side of the lake, approximately 15 feet under water.
The drowning victim was transported by ambulance to a location across the street from the old drive-in movie theater where the airship had landed and was waiting, and the victim was flown to Loma Linda Medical Center for treatment.”