By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Information and Press Release)
Pictures: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Courtesy)
Lake Havasu City, Arizona: A man from Parker, Arizona drowns at Skiers Cove along the Colorado River on Sunday, August 28th, 2022.
According to a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Colorado River Station-Marine Enforcement deputies responded to a report of a drowning in Skiers Cove on Lake Havasu.
According to witness statements, the victim was swimming with friends at the rear of a floating vessel. The victim began struggling in the water for an unknown reason, went under the water, and never resurfaced.
San Bernardino County Sheriff divers along with Mohave County Sheriff and Lake Havasu City Police divers conducted a series of rescue dives and sonar scans to find the victim. A helicopter from Native Air was also on scene to conduct aerial searches.
The victim has been identified as 35 years old Samuel J. Wipf, resident of Parker, Arizona.
At approximately 8:25 p.m., Wipf was located using Mohave County Sheriff’s towable side scan sonar and was recovered by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s divers.
Wipf was turned over to the care of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner Division.
This investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Steven Cook of the Colorado River Station at (760) 326-9200.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com
For the latest press releases, news, and information, follow the Colorado River Station on Twitter at @CORiverStation.
Refer: Deputy S. Cook
Press Release: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9624898/
Station: Colorado River Station
Phone No. (760) 326-9200
Case No. 252200093
SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Samuel J. Wipf; and thank all of the emergency responders for their work that day.