Alameda County

Body of Missing Boater Recovered at Lake Del Valle

Search teams have recovered the body of a young man who fell into the water Tuesday evening while boating at Lake Del Valle in unincorporated Alameda County south of Livermore, near where another man drowned last week.

Divers with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office search and rescue team and police and fire crews with the East Bay Regional Park District were called in at about 6 p.m. Tuesday to look for the man, who went missing near Swallow Bay, according to EBRPD spokesman Dave Mason.

"We were out there last night until just after midnight, then we fired back up again at six in the morning," sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Wednesday.

The victim, whose name was not released, is a man in his 20s who had rented a boat with a group of friends but it's not clear how he fell into the water, Mason said.

His body was recovered in the "late morning" on Wednesday, Mason said.

The other victim, who drowned Saturday, is 31-year-old Los Gatos resident Florencio Rodriguez Pureco, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

Mason said Pureco also rented a boat with a group of friends or family and somehow fell overboard. Pureco's body was found on Sunday.

It didn't appear as if either man was wearing a life vest, Mason said.

The men drowned during the Bay Area's first heat wave, when temperatures spiked into the 100s in the hottest areas and people flocked to beaches and lakes seeking relief.

Mason said it's important for people to take water safety precautions when swimming or boating or engaging in other recreational activities on or around the region's waterways.

People should wear life vests and swim in lifeguard protected areas, Mason said.

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