Press Releases

Wednesday 10/21/2020 1:31 PM - Possible Drowning

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Possible Drowning
Date and Time of Incident: 10-18-20 Approximately 3:40 PM
Place of Occurrence: Lopez Lake
Victim Information: David G. Sanchez, 39, Grover Beach
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: On 10-18-20, the Sheriff's Office received a call of a possible drowning at Lopez Lake in the area known as the Lopez Arm. Deputies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire. Witnesses report a family member went into the water to help a relative who appeared to be in distress. The person in distress was able to make it to safety, but the family member who went to help, went under the water and never reappeared. Divers from the Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Team responded to the scene but were unable to locate the victim that day. The divers returned to the location on Monday and Tuesday to search but their efforts were hampered by the zero visibility conditions in the water. On 10-20-20, at approximately 4:00 PM, divers located the body of the victim in approximately 47 feet of water. The Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 39-year-old David Sanchez of Grover Beach. An autopsy is planned for this week to determine the manner and cause of death.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Wednesday 10/21/2020 1:31 PM