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Search turns up no signs of companion to dead boater

Missing man identified as 64-year-old Baldwin Park resident whose fishing license was found in lake

Posted: July 1, 2014 8:04 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2014 8:04 p.m.

The search resumed Tuesday for a 64-year-old Baldwin Park man believed to be on board the boat that sank in Pyramid Lake on Sunday, killing its other occupant.

Members of the family of 52-year-old Rick Tanovan of West Covina — whose body was found in the lake Sunday — say Tanonvan went to the lake with his friend Jack Thirasack, who has not been heard from since, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Tuesday.

Thirasack’s fishing license was found in the water Sunday near the partially submerged boat.

Tanovan’s body was caught among foliage and he was presumed drowned, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday, although the exact cause of death had not been determined.

Searchers went into the water at 7 a.m. Tuesday looking for any sign of Thirasack, Deputy Johnie Jones said Tuesday, but they were forced to suspend their search by late afternoon.

“It got really windy. The wind stirs up the reeds and makes it difficult for them to look under the water,” Jones said.

Searchers included the Sheriff’s Department’s Emergency Services Detail divers, who used sonar, underwater robotics and an underwater cadaver-sniffing dog as they scoured the popular recreational area.

Jones said search efforts would resume today around noon.




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