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Adult Male Drowns in Lake at Cerritos Regional Park

UPDATE: Wednesday, JUNE 18 at 10:25 a.m.

By Brian Hews

Hundreds of witnesses who were attending Father’s Day picnics at Cerritos Regional Park this past Sunday when they witnessed an adult man leap into a murky fishing lake and drown.
The victim, only being described by members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as “an adult male” apparently decided to “take a swim” in the 16-foot lake that is stocked regularly with fish but realized that was in immediate distress.

Hews Media Group interviewed several witnesses of the incident less than a half hour after the drowning took place and after an officer from the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station jumped into the lake in attempt to save the unidentified victim.

Family members saw the drowning take place, and that one of the daughters of the victim captured the entire incident on a cell phone.

Family and friends of the victim did not speak to the several reporters who quickly converged on the park that is located at Bloomfield Avenue and 195th Street.

One witness, from Compton, said that two people jumped into the lake to help save the man to no avail.

Homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses.

A group of local residents from Cerritos and Artesia gathered at the location and began placing memorial candles where the death took place.

Ed Winter, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner told HMG-CN on Wednesday afternoon that the name of the victim had not been released to members of the media pending notification purposes. 

By Brian Hews and Randy Economy

First post: Sunday June 15, 8:00 pm

Hews Media Group-Community News has learned that a drowning has occurred at Cerritos Regional Park. Sheriffs are converging on the lake to investigate.

Update: 9:00 pm

Reports into HMG-CN say that Sheriifs have pulled  a body from Cerritos Regional Park lake.

Update:

HMG-CN has learned that a 31 year old male was pulled from the lake.

UPDATE: 9:29 p.m.

Witnesses have told HMG-CN that the victim jumped into the lake at the Cerritos Regional Park to apparently “take a swim” but once he was in the murky water realized that was in immediate distress.

The deceased victim was pulled from the lake from a female officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  Witnesses also tell the newspaper that the victims family members saw the drowning take place, and that one of the daughters of the victim captured the entire situation on a cell phone.

Family and friends of the victim, did not speak to the several reporters who were at the park who converged on the park located at Bloomfield Avenue and 195th Street.  One witness, from Compton, said that two people jumped into the lake to help save the man.

Homicide detectives were interviewing witnesses.

A group of local residents from Cerritos and Artesia have gathered at the location and are placing memorial candles where the incident took place.

Approximate location where the drowning took place at Cerritos Regional Park on Fathers Day afternoon.

Approximate location where the drowning took place at Cerritos Regional Park on Fathers Day afternoon.

10:17 p.m. UPDATE:

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has sent the following statement to HMG-CN about the drowning at Cerritos Regional Park.

DATE: Sunday, June 15, 2014  TIME: 6:24 P.M. LOCATION: 19000 blk Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives responded to the 19000 block of Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a male adult.  The male adult was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  There does not appear to be any evidence of foul play.  There is no additional information available at this time. 
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website lacrimestoppers.org

UPDATE AT 11:16 p.m.

HMG-CN has confirmed that family members of the victim and other visitors at Cerritos Regional Park first called for help at about 6:30 p.m. after the man did not resurface after he voluntarily jumped into the lake.

Witnesses also tell the newspaper that the victim had apparently been drinking alcohol and was attending a Family Reunion at the popular park.

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Betty Vander Wal
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How very tragic for all involved.
Why do we question If Code Enforcement Officers were at work when Park rules are : No alcohol allowed. Why do we not question why adults can’t follow the rules and teach their children the same in the process? Now we have numerous children who will be blaming LASD, Park officials etc. for lack of common sense in the ones who are responsible.

M c M a h o n
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REPLY TO BV Wal: You’re assuming that all signs are legible, and that everybody speaks English and no one is blind, plus educated on laws of parks and boooz? parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/Parks/Cerritos_Community_Regional_Park Many of the posted signs are menopause from weathering and not legible. County Parks has responsibility in preventing accidents at the park; that is why LA County has employed mobile Park Payroll Staffers for policing. Why does policing look away from public consumption of alcohol and additionally, which business provided the alcohol to the park goers? Is the race card being played at the park????? knabe.com/ LA Co P&R, needs… Read more »
Jess
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I was there yesterday when it happened. My prayers go out to the family. Also I was very pleased to see how fast the sheriffs dept arrived, they didn’t even ask any question upon arriving they all just dove right in to try to save him.

M c M a h o n
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CERRITOS REGIONAL PARK LAKE. Man made lake is deeper in the center, but can not remember the exact depth, but remember walking across the dry lake bed during re construction aprox 15 yrs ago, when the park was going thru rehab. In the center of the lake bed, there are re circulating water pumps, as heard one of these pumps may have been the causation to this drowning. Also, the upper lake has another pump station in order to operate the water fountain system. There is an accumulation of all sorts of fish, some are imported in to the lake… Read more »
alaisha browder
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That was my childhood friend and God brother. …please keep the family in Prayer

M c M a h o n
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Randy: Tell you what I know about the drowning; just talked to some of the family members on the 195th parking lots @ Regional Park. There was two (2) brothers, both intoxicated, and swam across the lake, after making bets for swimming. Their family said they were both in their 50’s, African American males. There was large family reunion picnic on the No side of the western lakefront @ Cer Reg Park. After one of the brothers made it partially across Lake, the pump in the middle of the lake, pulled him down and he drowned. If I’m not mistaken,… Read more »
Randy R. Economy
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To McMahon: In response to your note.

Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper is waiting for an official report from both the Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.

We are only reporting the facts that have been given to us from authorities and witnesses.

–Randy Economy
On Line Editor
Hews Media Group-Community Newspaper