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Search concluded for boy who went missing after swimming in Lake Elsinore

Nine-year-old boy drowns at Launch Pointe Beach in Lake Elsinore
Nine-year-old boy drowns at Launch Pointe Beach in Lake Elsinore 02:11

The search for a young boy who drowned on Sunday while swimming with his family in Lake Elsinore has concluded. 

The Riverside County Sheriffs Department's dive team found the body of the child at around 2:37 p.m., the sheriffs department announced in a press release.

At around 10:35 a.m., Riverside County Sheriffs Department received a call about a potential drowning at Launch Pointe Beach in Lake Elsinore.  

The boy, who is believed to be 9-years-old, was swimming with family members at Lake Elsinore. His family members noticed he was struggling and attempted to help the child before they lost sight of him.   

The boy disappeared into the water before his family members could reach him. 

He was swimming with another juvenile in the water when both of them began having difficulties treading through the water. 

One of the swimmers was pulled out of the water by a bystander but unfortunately the other went under the water and never resurfaced.

"As we were coming back to the car, we saw the mom she was yelling in her phone saying my son is missing," Zhariyah Moncks told CBSLA Reporter Lauren Pozen.

Search and rescue teams looked for the boy's body for about four hours. 

Riverside County Sheriffs said that the corner's office has taken the body. 

When Scott Jensen arrived to the lake with his daughters on Sunday afternoon, he knew something was wrong. 

"There was probably 20, 25 (Riverside County Sheriffs vehicles)," Jensen said. "I asked, 'what was going on.' They said a kid had been missing since 10:30 this morning and the divers had been looking for him."

Lake Elsinore and Launch Pointe Beach was closed for hours while search and rescue operations conducted its search.

This grim tragedy is a devastating reminder of the importance of water safety. 

"I've got kids so I just would feel bad if anything would happen to them, a 9 year old..," Jensen said. 

The boy's name or where he is from has not been revealed. 

Deputies told Pozen this is the first drowning of summer at Lake Elsinore. 

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