Man who drowned in Echo Park Lake identified

A memorial of candles and flowers has been set up near the Echo Park Lake boathouse

Echo Park  — The man who drowned in Echo Park Lake after falling out of a swan boat during a pre-dawn ride was identified today by the county coroner as 23-year-old German Alberto Lopez of Los Angeles.

LAPD divers pulled Lopez’ body from the lake Thursday afternoon several hours after the plastic pedal boat that Lopez and another man were riding in capsized shortly before 4 am, police said.

The swan-shaped boat, one of many that are available for rent, was taken from the lake’s boathouse dock when it was closed — apparently after some locks or cables had been cut, according to various reports. The boat capsized after one of the men stood up, police said.

The other man riding in the pedal boat made it to the edge of the lake. But Lopez, who police said did not know how to swim, remained in the water.

Lopez was declared dead at the scene at 1:43 pm, said Ed Winters with the county coroner.

Police told Telemundo 52 that Lopez was found in about five feet of water. Family members said he was a musician.

Search helicopter hovers over Echo Park Lake | Photo by Leann E

In addition to the swan boat that capsized, there were two other pedal boats out on the lake carrying people who were not connected to the two men who fell in the water, police said.

The swan-shaped pedal boats were introduced into the lake this spring by a new boathouse concession operator and have become a popular attraction. The normal hours of operation are between 9 am and sunset, according to the concessionaire’s website.

Today, the boathouse had reopened and swan boats were once again traveling across the lake.


The swan-shaped pedal boats at Echo Park Lake

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  1. This is very sad, but seems to have been preventable. I wonder why the partner who made it to safety did not help him or call for help?

  2. Why did they break into the boathouse?

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