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Glee actress Naya Rivera presumed drowned after boat found drifting in California lake


Don Sweeney

The Sacramento Bee

A search continues Thursday morning for actress Naya Rivera, who is presumed drowned after a boat with her 4-year-old son aboard was found drifting on Lake Piru in Southern California, KCBS reports.

Rivera, 33, who starred in “Glee” as Santana Lopez, rented a pontoon boat at the lake, about 50 miles from Los Angeles, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Ventura County Star reported.

At 4 p.m., another boater found the boat drifting on the lake with her son asleep onboard by himself, CNN reported. The boy told authorities he and his mother had gone swimming but she never got back into the boat.

A dive rescue team and helicopter helped search the lake Wednesday night, and the search will resume Thursday morning, but authorities believe Rivera drowned, according to the network.

“There’s a lot of challenges in a reservoir this size, at times with visibility,” said sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow, KCBS reported. “I don’t have details yet as to the depth of the area where the boat was found or what conditions they’re encountering out there.”

On Tuesday, Rivera had shared a photo of her and her son to Twitter with the post “just the two of us.”

Fellow “Glee” actors and others in Hollywood posted to Twitter praying for Rivera’s safety.


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