VIDEO: Bodies of father, son who fell in lake recovered in Pleasanton


PLEASANTON (KRON) — The bodies of a father and son who went missing after falling into a Pleasanton lake have been recovered Monday morning, according to East Bay Regional Park District officials.

Dispatch received reports of the missing men at around 7 p.m. Sunday night, officials said. The father was 49 years old, and the son was 34 years old.

Dive teams from both the park district and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office began searching for the two men into the night, and are continued the search again today.

The two were on a raft with a large group of family members in the middle of the lake. The area is outside of the lake’s designated swim area and is about 40 feet deep, according to officials.

When the pair fell off the raft, good Samaritans tried to help them but were unsuccessful. The men did not know how to swim and were not wearing life jackets.

Archie Cole and Johhny Ray Stephens Sr. noticed something strange out on the water.

“And I see them all get in and launch off. And I said to myself,¬†first thing I said was, ‘Nobody has a life jacket on’,” Stephens Sr. said.

A family on a raft suddenly panicked as three people in the water seemingly struggled to swim back to safety.

“And I was like, ‘Oh My God.’ I felt something bad inside my stomach, and I said, ‘…I think that guy….I think they’re struggling’,” Stephen Sr. said.

“And then we hear from a distance, ‘help, help.’ And at this time, I said, ‘C’mon’,” Stephens said.

Stephens and Cole didn’t think twice about it and jumped into action to help the swimmers out of the water.

Unfortunately, they were only able to save one with the help of a park ranger.

The identities of the two men who died have not been released.

Stay with KRON4 News for updates.

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