Boater Identified After Body Recovered From Lake Irvine: Sheriff’s Dept.
The search for a missing boater ended Sunday morning when the man’s body was located in Lake Irvine less than 24 hours after he fell into the water, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The victim was found in roughly 25-foot-deep water, near the location where he was last spotted the previous evening, the department tweeted around 11:30 a.m.
He was later identified as Clarence William Brumfield, 61, of Palmdale, the agency said in a statement.
The man’s fishing companion told investigators that neither of the two boaters were wearing life preservers when Brumfield fell overboard into the water.
The companion jumped into the lake and attempted to locate the 61-year-old, the news release said. After his effort proved unsuccessful, he contacted authorities.
Brumfield was last seen in approximately 15-foot-deep water about 5:45 p.m.
Divers from the Sheriff’s Department, along with personnel from the Fire Authority, had been deployed during the hourslong search. A sheriff’s helicopter assisted from above, shining a lot on the lake once the skies grew dark.
But after the man hadn’t been located by 9 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department reclassified the rescue efforts as a “recovery mission,” according to a tweet.
The county coroner’s office was called to the scene.
An autopsy was scheduled to determine Brumfield’s cause of death and whether he had any pre-existing medical conditions, officials said.
KTLA’s John A. Moreno contributed to this report.