A juvenile was found dead after an apparent accidental drowning at Turner Falls State Park Tuesday afternoon, Davis police confirmed.
Three juvenile friends were swimming at the Falls pool at Turner Falls in Davis, but only two returned to the surface Davis Assistant Chief of Police Dee Gregory said.
“They were swimming and he didn’t come up,” Gregory said. “There were no lifeguards on duty today at that pool. He didn’t come up. They couldn’t find him and they went to the first place they knew [Turner Falls Headquarters].”
Swimmers under the age of 12 are required to wear a life jacket at Turner Falls. Gregory said the victim was old enough to swim without a life jacket.
He said there was no indication that drugs, alcohol or any other illegal activities were a factor in the drowning.
“We do believe at this time it was an accidental drowning,” Gregory said.
Davis police were notified at 3:53 pm and had officers on the scene within minutes.
“Within six minutes we had our people in the water,” Gregory said.
Off-duty lifeguards, park medics and the Lighthorse emergency dive team assisted in the effort to locate the victim. Gregory said the body was recovered at 6:18 p.m. by the Lighthorse Police dive team.
The family was notified, but police did not release identifying information on the juvenile due to the age of the victim.
The drowning is reportedly the first of the year at Turner Falls.
Gregory cautioned swimmers at Turner Falls to take measures to ensure safety.
“It’s important to remember [Turner Falls] is not a swimming pool, it’s a natural area,” he said. “It doesn’t go from three feet to 10 feet at a gradual slope. It’s rocks and it goes from three feet of water to 15 feet of water in one step. If you’re not a strong swimmer then there’s nothing wrong with wearing a life jacket.