Azusa man who drowned in the San Gabriel River identified


AZUSA >> Authorities have formally identified a 28-year-old Azusa man who drowned while swimming in the San Gabriel River earlier this month.
Adrian Joel Garcia died following the incident, which took place just after 5:30 p.m. on July 12 in the river along the 1900 block of North San Gabriel Canyon Road, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Kristy McCracken said. Coroner’s records listed no hometown for Garcia, however, police previously described him as an Azusa resident.
Friends of the Garcia, who were with him at the time of the drowning, told investigators he was swimming near a spillway went underwater, Azusa police Lt. Xavier Torres said at the time. When he resurfaced, he was unconscious.
The friends pulled Garcia from the water and performed CPR until paramedics arrived to take over treatment and rush him to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena.
Garcia was pronounced dead about an hour after the incident was reported, coroner’s officials said.
Garcia’s identity was previously withheld pending notification of family.
An autopsy was pending, McCracken said.

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UPDATED: Monrovia couple drowns in Lake Havasu


LAKE HAVASU, ARIZ. >> A husband and wife from Monrovia drowned Friday while boating on Lake Havasu in Arizona, authorities said.
Esmeralda Gonzalez, 41, and Raul Gonzalez, 44, died in the apparent accident, reported shortly before 3:30 p.m. near the Crazy Horse Docks, along the eastern shore of Lake Havasu, Mohave County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
They were on board a boat with another man and two young children that was floating just west of the Crazy Horse Cove when the incident took place.
Esmeralda Gonzalez jumped into the water to go for a swim, sheriff’s said. She was not wearing a life jacket.
“Esmeralda began to panic in the water, so her husband, Raul Gonzalez, 44, jumped in to rescue her,” according to the statement. “Raul also was not wearing a life jacket. Both were seen struggling in the water prior to them both going under the water’s surface and not resurfacing.”
Off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who happened to be nearby pulled the unconscious woman from the water and onto their boat and performed CPR as they brought her to the Crazy Horse Docks, MCSO officials said. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
Rescuers then learned a second person, Raul Gonzalez, was also missing from the boat and began searching the water where the boat had been.
“At about 3:45 p.m., the male subject was located at the bottom of the lake in approximately 12 feet of water by personnel from the Lake Havasu City Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department marine units,” the MCSO statement said. “(Raul Gonzalez) was transported to the Crazy Horse Docks where he was also pronounced deceased.”
Autopsies are scheduled, and investigators were looking into whether alcohol played a role in the accident, officials said. The investigation was ongoing.
The couple had been married six years and are survived by children including a 6-month-old daughter.
The fund, at www.gofundme.com/RAUL-AND-ESMERALDAS-SERVICES, had raised more than $11,000 by Sunday morning.
“Raul was a loving father who was a leukemia survivor who dedicated the rest of his life to helping the children at the Children Hospital in Los Angeles,” according to a statement on the memorial page. “Raul was loved by (everybody) around him and in the community and was known to always be there for (everybody) and would put everybody’s needs before his own.
“Esmeralda was a loving wife and mother who devoted her life to her kids and her husband,” the statement continued. “She always put them first above anything and was a true blessing to Raul and her children.”

PHOTO via https://www.gofundme.com/RAUL-AND-ESMERALDAS-SERVICES

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2-year-old girl rushed to hospital after near-drowning in Covina

COVINA >> Rescuers flew a 2-year-old girl to a hospital on Saturday following a near-drowning in a backyard swimming pool in Covina, officials said.
The little girl was “conscious and breathing” when paramedics rushed her to a hospital by helicopter for treatment following the 5:30 p.m. incident at a home in the 200 block of E. Hurst Street, Covina police Lt. Trevor Gaumer said.
The details of the apparent accident remained under investigation, he said. It appeared the girl briefly slipped away from supervision before ending up underwater in the backyard pool.
Officials took the girl to nearby Kelby Park, where a rescue helicopter was landed to rush her to a hospital.
Her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, the lieutenant said.

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Coroner: Man found dead in San Gabriel River in South El Monte drowned


SOUTH EL MONTE >> The death of a man whose body was found floating in the San Gabriel River in South El Monte over the weekend has been ruled an accidental drowning, coroner’s officials said Friday.
The body of Alex Giovanne Castillo, 23, described as transient, was first spotted by a dog-walker about 1:15 p.m. Sunday, floating face-down in the river near Peck Road and Durfee Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Investigators conducted an autopsy and determined Castillo drowned, and the death was ruled accidental, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records show.
Further information regarding the circumstances of the drowning were not available Friday. But the body was found the same day that a Spring storm dropped scattered rainfall, and even hail, across the Southland.

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Los Angeles man who drowned in San Gabriel River in Azusa identified


AZUSA >> Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a Los Angeles man who drowned in the San Gabriel River at the northern edge of Azusa last week after falling into the water.
Mark Christopher Clayton, 55, died at a hospital following the mishap, which took place about 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the river along San Gabriel Canyon Road, near the bike trail, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith.
Clayton was recreating with friends when he fell into the water from a raft or inner tube, Azusa police officials said.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department helicopter crew hoisted the man from the river and flew him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, officials said.
Foul play was not suspected, police said. Clayton’s cause of death was yet to be determined by coroner’s investigators.
Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said the area where the accident occurred is private property, forbidden to the public, and unsafe for swimming or water sports due to “extremely dangerous” currents.

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Man drowns in San Gabriel River in Azusa


AZUSA >> A man died after falling into the San Gabriel River while recreating with friends on the riverbed at the northern edge of Azusa on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The name of the drowning victim, initially described by as a Los Angeles man, was not released Thursday pending notification of his family, according to Azusa police and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The suspected accident took place about 4:40 p.m. in the river along San Gabriel Canyon Road near the bike trail, Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said in a written statement.
While the circumstances surrounding the drowning remained under investigation, “Preliminarily it is known that the victim was visiting the riverbed with a friend when he became caught in the water’s current,” Dennis said. “There are no current signs of foul play however the investigation is ongoing.”
Coroner’s records indicated the victim had fallen into the water, coroner’s Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
A sheriff’s department helicopter crew found the man in the river and hoisted him into a helicopter, officials said.
He was flown to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The area where Wednesday’s drowning took place is private property, and trespassing is forbidden, Dennis said.
“Additionally, the water currents within this area of the riverbed are extremely dangerous and not designated for swimming or water sports,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Azusa Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-812-320

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Cal Poly Pomona student who drowned in West Covina identified


WEST COVINA >> Authorities have released the identity of a 22-year-old Cal Poly Pomona graduate student who accidentally drowned while swimming with friends at a West Covina apartment complex on Sunday.
Shravan Kumar of West Covina died at a hospital Sunday afternoon shortly after he was pulled from the swimming pool in the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue by friends, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
An autopsy determined Kumar drowned, and his death was ruled accidental, Winter said.
The young man, who did not know how to swim, was wading with his friends in the shallow end but inadvertently ended up in the deep end of the pool, according to West Covina Fire Department Capt. Scott Gilmore.
The man’s friends also could not swim. They called for help and used a hook device to pull Kumar from the pool. He was believed to have been underwater for about 10 minutes.
Kumar’s friends, then responding police officers and ultimately paramedics, performed CPR on Kumar as he was rushed to a Covina hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead, officials said.
His formal identification was delayed as coroner’s officials worked to notify family in India, Winter said.
Kumar was a graduate student in his first quarter studying computer science at Cal Poly Pomona, university spokeswoman Emily Velasco said.
“The university was deeply saddened to learn of his passing and our condolences go out to his family,” she said.

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Man guilty of murder for drowning death of baby daughter in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A jury convicted a man of murder and child abuse Wednesday for drowning his 1-year-old daughter five years ago in Pasadena, authorities said.
The jury deliberated for one day before finding Marquise Jackson, 26, of Lancaster guilty of first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death in connection with the May 20, 2011, drowning of Mo’Nayjah Jackson according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials.
“According to the evidence presented at trial, Jackson drowned baby Mo’Nayjah Jackson at the apartment of the child’s mother, in the 100 block of West Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena while the mother was at work,” district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
Shortly after his arrest, Jackson admitted the killing, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said at the time. ”He (said he) wanted to be alleviated of his responsibilities of being a father,” she said.
Jackson later denied the charges and unsuccessfully argued he was mentally incompetent to stand trial for the crime.
Jackson faces 25 years to life in state prison when he returns to the Pasadena branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court on Aug. 12.

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