Autistic 19-year-old slips and drowns in Oakland’s Lake Temescal

UPDATE 11:13 AM – An autistic 19-year-old drowned in Oakland’s Lake Temescal Thursday evening, an East Bay Regional Park District police spokeswoman said.

Felipe Medina, of Concord, died when he slipped into the lake between 6:30 and 7 p.m., according to police and the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

Medina and his sister were walking along a trail on the west side of the lake when Medina lost his footing and slipped a couple of feet off the edge of the trail, spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said.

Medina’s sister, who is in her 20s, was the first to jump in to save him, then a bystander jumped in to save them both, Jones said.

Neither Medina nor his sister could swim, but the bystander was able to save the sister, Jones said.

“It’s just a tragic accident,” she said.

The bystander called 911, Jones said.

Oakland police and Oakland firefighters pulled the man from the lake and performed CPR, but he died at Highland Hospital, she said.

Lake Temescal was closed because of a toxic algae bloom in the lake, but algae had nothing to do with the man’s death because it was in another area of the lake, she said.

The park was open at the time of the incident, Jones said.

OAKLAND (KRON) — The body of a 19-year-old was found submerged in the lake at Lake Temescal Park in Oakland on Thursday.

East Bay Regional Park District Police Department was notified by Oakland Police Department of a possible drowning at about 6:56 p.m.

Police and fire officials found the body, pulled him out of the water and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The victim was from Concord. His identity has not been released yet.

It is unclear at this time the details surrounding the incident.

Stay with KRON 4 for more on this story.

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