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.
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
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