Emergency crews spent the better part of the Memorial Day weekend at Woodward Reservoir looking for two Oakland teenagers that had jumped out of a boat on Saturday afternoon, May 28 and were missing. On Tuesday, May 31, one of the teen’s bodies was found.
The two boys, both 15, were out with family members on Saturday morning when they and others jumped into the chilly water on the east side of the lake. After some of the swimmers had returned to the boat, the others realized the two boys were missing and called 911 around 11:45 a.m.
Sherriff’s officials stated that it did not appear anyone in the boat was wearing life jackets.
Rescue personnel searched for the pair, using dive teams, air patrols, boats, Jet Skis and sonar to thoroughly search the 2,900-acre reservoir, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department which was heading up the search.
According to rescue personnel, the water is as deep as 15 feet, but divers could only see a limited space in front of them, and in some cases, had to sift through soot by hand. The search continued through nightfall and resumed both Sunday and Monday to continue exploring the 2,900-acre reservoir.
The sheriff’s department had planned to resume the search Tuesday morning when family members who stayed at the park over the weekend reported they found the body of one of the boys that morning.
Sheriff’s department boats and crews continued to search for the body of the other youth; an alert from the department at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday indicated both victims had been recovered.
Various news sources have identified the youths as Josiah Pratt-Rose, whose body was recovered first, and the other missing boy as Jamari Wilson