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Victim of Pyramid Lake boating accident identified

Search for friend continues

Posted: June 30, 2014 2:18 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:18 p.m.
 

The victim of a fatal boating accident on Pyramid Lake Sunday has been identified as 52-year-old Rick Tanovan, of West Covina, as the lake search for his friend, continues, according to county sheriff and coroner officials.

Tanovan was pronounced dead Sunday after a man on a jet ski found his body floating near a submerged boat at Pyramid Lake, near Gorman, sheriff and fire officials said Sunday.

“A medical examination of the body is scheduled for tomorrow,” Lt. Fred Corral of the Coroner’s Department said Monday.

The search, meanwhile, continues today for a second man reportedly with Tanovan Sunday, according to a Parks Bureau spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Sunday about 11:20 a.m., a man on a jet ski contacted sheriff’s deputies when he came across “something suspicious” in the south part of Pyramid Lake, near Chumash Island,” Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release issued late Sunday.

Parks Bureau deputies found Tanovan in the water about 11:30 a.m. and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him with CPR.

Divers and deputies searched until it was dark Sunday, Parks Bureau Deputy Johnie Jones told The Signal Monday.

“We began searching at 8 a.m. today,” he said.

Deputies have brought in a cadaver-sniffing dog capable of detecting a cadaver below the water’s surface, with them on their search of the lake, he said, placing the specially-trained dog in an aluminum boat.

“This cadaver dog (German Shepherd) can detect human remains below the water,” Jones said.

“Right now we have no signs of foul play and no indication there was a collision,” he said. “So, we’re unsure what happened.

“When they came through the park there were two people in the vehicle with the boat,” Jones said.

“He (Tanovan) had his friend with him so that’s why we’re searching so hard,” he said.

Searchers are expected to search until it gets dark today.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Those who prefer to provide information anonymously 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 http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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