Did Naya Rivera Drown In One Of Lake Piru Mystery Whirlpools?
A search-and-rescue effort has transitioned to a search-and-recovery operation after actress Naya Rivera went missing at Ventura County’s Lake Piru. Read on for more that Naya Rivera may have drown in Lake Piru…
CelebNMusic247.com reports the Lake is located in the Los Padres National Forest, Topatopa Mountains, Ventura, California. It is known to have multiple drownings due to harsh conditions such as debris, low visibility, whirlpools, strong winds and cold water temperatures.
In addition to Lake Piru’s harsh conditions swimmers are noted to be inexperienced swimmers who are not wearing life jackets and who overestimate their own abilities or swim in prohibited areas.
Douglas West, Lake Piru’s parks and recreation services manager, said in 2000 that there had been about a dozen drownings during his 23 years at the lake.
Fast forward to know, Naya Rivera has still not been found, the 33-year-old actress is presumed dead in a tragic accident after a boating and swimming excursion that began about 1 p.m. Wednesday.
There was no sign that she may have taken her life. It is looking like a possible drowning. Naya was looking forward to filming the second season of Step Up for Starz.
Naya said she couldn’t wait to get back to work:
I can not wait to start filming the new season of Step Up! We’re going to bring it like never before! Happy to be a part of the @starz family! @lionsgatetv
7 days before Naya went missing she was speaking on living and how everyday is a blessing.
Here is what we’ve learned:
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters at the scene told ABC news the following:
There’s no evidence of foul play at this point. This may well be a case of drowning.
Surveillance video shows that Naya and her son were the only ones at the Lake on Wednesday.
Authorities do not believe Rivera made it to shore and are focusing their search efforts on the waters of Lake Piru.
Investigators said the former “Glee” star and her 4-year-old son made their way toward the north shore of the lake aboard the pontoon boat and did not return hours later as scheduled.
A multi-agency search was launched, including divers in the water and drones and a helicopter in the air. Searchers temporarily suspended their efforts about 10 p.m. due to hazardous conditions.
Hours after the search resumed by more than 80 personnel on Thursday morning, officials confirmed that Rivera was presumed dead. Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Dyer said that did not change the intensity of the recovery operation.
Lake Piru Lacks Warning Signs:
Naya’s disappearance prompted the launching of a Change.org petition that calls for warning signs to be posted at the lake.
The petition says:
Naya Rivera is not the first, nor the last to go missing at Lake Piru. The body of water is “a very deep lake with very bad whirlpools. People have been asking for years for the city to put up warning signs for swimmers.”
The petition, which had more than 18,500 signatures Thursday morning, claims local residents do not visit the lake “for this reason! Tourists have no idea what they’re getting into.”
The lake is known to have had many drownings and is 160 feet deep. Rivera’s presumed drowning is already listed on Wikipedia.
Rivera’s 4-year-old son is from a marriage with actor Ryan Dorsey. The couple finalized their divorce in June 2018 after nearly four years of marriage.