Authorities continue their search for “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, who is said to have drowned after disappearing Wednesday in a lake in California.
“The search for Naya Rivera continues at Lake Piru,” the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday afternoon.
The search went from a rescue effort to a recovery effort Thursday, with more than 100 people from several agencies involved.
Authorities released a video on Friday evening showing rescuers using a remote-controlled underwater vehicle (ROV) to search the lake.
“This is one of the many resources used, with side scan sonar, dogs and divers,” the agency tweeted, also sharing a video clip of ROV images 30 feet deep to show how cloudy the water is.Let our news respond to your inbox. The news and stories that matter, delivered in the morning on weekdays.
Rivera, 33, was sailing with her 4-year-old son by the lake Wednesday afternoon when she disappeared.
“The boat was found drifting in the northern part of the lake with the child alone and asleep on board,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office. “Rivera’s son told investigators that he and his mother swam in the lake and got back into the boat, but Rivera did not do so. “
Captain Eric Buschow stated that an adult life jacket was found on the boat.
“We assume an accident has occurred and we assume it drowned in the lake,” said MP Chris Dyer, adding that there were no signs of foul play or anything that do not go.
California authorities released security footage on Friday showing that Rivera and her son were the only two people to board the rental boat, which he later found alone.
The images show Rivera and the 4-year-old park near Lake Piru, about 80 km northwest of Los Angeles, on foot to the docks and aboard a pontoon Wednesday afternoon.
A few hours later, the seller who rented the pontoon to Rivera discovered the boy sleeping alone in the boat on the lake.
Rivera’s initial search was suspended at 10 p.m. Wednesday due to unsafe conditions. Authorities said the visibility in the water during the day was around 8 to 10 inches and that there was a lot of debris and large trees underwater.
The shore and surface of the lake were also searched extensively, said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Rivera, from the Santa Clarita district of Valencia, is best known for playing Santana Lopez on Fox “Glee”, a musical and a comedy on a high school glee club.
The show ended in 2015.
She was married to actor Ryan Dorsey, the boy’s father, but the couple divorced after four years in 2018.