Divers locate body in Echo Park Lake [updated @ 5:36 pm]

Echo Park  — A body has been located in Echo Park Lake this afternoon several hours after a man fell into the water from a pedal-boat during a pre-dawn ride across the lake, police said.

Authorities were called to the lake shortly before 4 am after receiving reports that one of the lake’s swan-shaped pedal boats had capsized, said LAPD spokesman Drake Madison.  Police said the pedal boat carrying two men was  taken from the boathouse dock when it was closed — apparently after some locks or cables had been cut, according to various reports.

While riding across the lake, one of the men stood up and the pedal boat tipped over, throwing both persons into the water, police said. One man made it to the edge of the lake but the other, a 23-year-old Latino who did not know how to swim, went missing.

The LAPD announced shortly before 3 pm that divers had found a body. No other information was provided.

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.

Echo Park Avenue is closed between Park Avenue on the north and Bellevue Avenue on the south.

Update @5:36 pm: NBC4 has identified the victim as German Cruz. The Eastsider has contacted the county coroner for confirmation

The swan-shaped pedal boats at Echo Park Lake

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  1. Hmmmm…. on a boat in the lake at 4am? These guys where either drunk, high, or both. Interesting though that the media is trying to spin this as if to imply something was wrong with the paddle boats. Trying to stir up controversy for clicks no doubt

    • I haven’t read other media stories, but I don’t believe the Eastsider article implies there was anything wrong with the pedal boats.

  2. At least six people involved . They cut the locks securing the boats to the dock and stole the boats. They then took the boats out on the dark lake without lifejackets or supervision. A stupid crime that may have lead to a tragic death. Hopefully the missing man will be found safe . The people involved need to held responsible .

  3. i read on ABC news that the police said that the people who cut the locks and stole and boats are not being charged ?????? What ? no community service, no fines ? break in , steal, someone dies and you walk ? Its shameful

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