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Glee star Naya Rivera could have hit her head when she dived from her boat into Lake Piry, a diver claims


Glee star Naya Rivera may have hit her head when she dived from her boat into a California lake, a diver looking for her body told DailyMailTV.

The search and rescue diver Robert Inglis said Rivera could have dipped into the water from her boat and hit her head on one of the branches, shrubs and rocks beneath the surface of the Ventura reservoir, which can be deceptively flat.

The actress's four-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat on Lake Piru in Ventura on Wednesday evening with no signs of his mother.

“People have broken their necks before. It is quite common in pools, it can also be found in lakes, ”Inglis told DailyMailTV.

Naya Rivera is still missing and is said to have died in a "tragic accident" with her four-year-old son Josey two days after she disappeared on a boat trip on Lake Piru

Diver Robert Inglis said that Glee actress Naya Rivera could have dipped into the water from her boat and hit her head with her son Josey on a Wednesday trip on Lake Piru

Diver Robert Inglis said that Glee actress Naya Rivera could have dipped into the water from her boat and hit her head with her son Josey on a Wednesday trip on Lake Piru

"If you walk into some bays, you could be 3 feet from the bottom and not even see it until you jumped in," he added. "There are places (like this) with the lake where you start to go further north because that's where the flat part of the lake is. There is a lot of brush, you have these trees that are there and they stick out . "

The police use sonar, underwater robots, a helicopter and even sniffer dogs on boats to search for the body of the Glee star.

Ventura County's sheriff department released pictures on Friday of a camera on the underwater drone that shows the dim view below the surface of Lake Piru – which, according to Eric Buschow, captain of the Ventura sheriff department, can be up to 130 feet deep .

During a press conference on Friday, Captain Eric Buschow announced that the search started on Friday at 6 a.m.

As boats combed through the lake, helicopters could be seen flying above them to assist in the search

As boats combed through the lake, helicopters could be seen flying above them to assist in the search

The Los Angeles Sheriff Department is now helping to find Rivera. It is believed that she hit a branch or stone while jumping into the reservoir

The Los Angeles Sheriff Department is now helping to find Rivera. It is believed that she hit a branch or stone while jumping into the reservoir

Piru Lake is slated to drain to 65 feet next month to perform "seismic retrofits on the dam of the lake," reports Wrap. The project was planned before Rivera disappeared.

During Friday's search, only 40 rescue workers were looking for Rivera. According to the deadline, the risk of poor visibility led to a reduction in workers.

Inglis said search teams from San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Los Angeles counties participated in the extensive three-day search, which has so far been unsuccessful.

The 48-year-old search and rescue diver told DailyMailTV that it was also possible that Rivera, who was not wearing a life jacket, had trouble swimming in the middle of two-foot waves on Lake Piru on a windy day.

During a press conference on Friday, Captain Eric Buschow announced that the search started on Friday at 6 a.m.

During a press conference on Friday, Captain Eric Buschow announced that the search started on Friday at 6 a.m.

Only 40 rescuers were on site on Friday looking for Rivera, a sharp contrast to the 100 that were on Piru Lake on Thursday

"You should have a life jacket when you are in the water. The wind creates a lot of surf, a foot or two high. If you are not familiar with it, it can break on you and it can be annoying," he said.

Inglis, who has 20 years of diving experience, explained that parts of the lake were previously over water and that the murky depths, where visibility drops to 20 feet to zero, hide an "underwater forest" of trees and brushes.

He said it was possible that Rivera hit her head on the submerged vegetation or the hidden rock when she dipped into the water.

The Ventura sheriff's department uses side-scan sonar to locate Rivera's body by bouncing sound waves off the sea floor, and an underwater drone to examine more dangerous parts of the brush-covered floor.

This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map at the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles, where Rivera lives

This diagram shows where Naya Rivera and her son rented a boat on Lake Piru before the four-year-old was seen alone. The map at the top left shows the location of the lake in relation to Los Angeles, where Rivera lives

The police use sonar, underwater robots, a helicopter and even sniffer dogs on boats to search for the body of the Glee star

The police use sonar, underwater robots, a helicopter and even sniffer dogs on boats to search for the body of the Glee star

A blue-eyed human identification dog named Piglet also helped with the search and stood in front of a search boat that jumped all gas bubbles out of a submerged body.

Inglis said sonar and a remote controlled vehicle (ROV) are of great help to divers who scrub the floor with their hands, often in complete darkness.

"You could swim directly to something if you weren't in the right place," he said.

“We brought a side-scan sonar with us, which we were able to use to scan a 20 to 30-foot swath. That gives us goals for the search.

Ryan Dorsey and his son Josey are pictured on Friday, just two days after the four-year-old was found alone in the pontoon boat on Lake Piru

Ryan Dorsey and his son Josey are pictured on Friday, just two days after the four-year-old was found alone in the pontoon boat on Lake Piru

A rescue worker is led by a German shepherd who is used to discover gases released by corpses

A rescue worker is led by a German shepherd who is used to discover gases released by corpses

The Ventura County sheriff's office released CCTV footage showing Naya Rivera and her four-year-old son arriving at the dock on Lake Piru on Wednesday

The Ventura County sheriff's office released CCTV footage showing Naya Rivera and her four-year-old son arriving at the dock on Lake Piru on Wednesday

& # 39; Sonar gets a reflection of things in the water. It is a shadow that we see and we have to interpret this shadow. It could be a stone, a bush, a person. They park and tag a swimmer who then calls a diving team to check this area. & # 39;

Ventura County's sheriff's sergeant Kevin Donoghue told DailyMail.com that it was "definitely a possibility" that Rivera would hit his head while diving, adding that the calm lake can be deceptively dangerous.

The 911 calls the boat rental company and incorrectly names Naya Rivera's son a girl when he reports the missing actress

The Ventura Sheriff & # 39; s Department released audio of the emergency call made Wednesday by boat rentals on Lake Piru after a staff member found that Naya Rivera and her son had not returned.

In the call, the operator first found that a girl was left alone in the boat and added that she wasn't really there to see her.

Employee: & # 39; Lake Piru, the emergency is that we have a missing person. We found a little girl in one of the boats at the southern end, the mother is nowhere to be found. & # 39;

dispatcher: & # 39; Okay, Lake Piru … Okay and is it white, black, Asian or Spanish? & # 39;

Employee: & # 39; I have no idea, I'm going down to check. My husband was one of the people who came first and I will get more information. He just told me to call it. & # 39;

dispatcher: & # 39; Okay … Do you know if it's a boy or a girl? & # 39;

Employee: & # 39; I think it's a little girl. & # 39;

dispatcher: & # 39; Approximate Age? & # 39;

Employee: & # 39; As I said, I have no idea. I'm just going down there. Should I call it back when I'm there? & # 39;

dispatcher: & # 39; I will insert the little information I have, but yes, when you get there you can call us back. & # 39;

"I've been up here for other drowning in the past. Water safety is one of the things people can easily get complacent about and get into trouble quickly," he said.

"In this case, we don't know if Ms. Rivera had a medical episode. We can only learn that if we find her and the coroner does his exam."

Donoghue said Rivera's family had told the police that she was in good health the last time she spoke to her.

"The only information I got from the family is that they have been to this lake before, are physically fit, enjoy nature, enjoy the lake. I don't know if she has been out here with her son before .

"As far as we know, there was no question about her mental health, she was fine."

Donoghue said the police interviewed everyone they knew was on the water at the time but received no evidence.

"On Wednesday, when this started, she came to the boat launch concession at around 1 p.m. and rented a pontoon boat for a period of three hours," he said.

& # 39; The CCTV camera footage has also been released and the video shows the boat heading north.

"The concessionaires found that she wasn't coming back at 4pm when she was supposed to. At 4.30pm, they took one of their own boats and went looking for her. They found the boat with the son on board driving.

& # 39; The employee who made this discovery called his manager and that manager made the emergency call.

An adult size life jacket was found on the boat. Her handbag and ID were found on the boat. All her other things were found in her car, which was parked here. & # 39;

Rivera's son told the authorities that he and his mother went swimming, but said they never made it out of the water. It is unclear how the boy was able to return to the boat alone and in which area she disappeared.

Four-year-old Josey has now returned to his family and was pictured yesterday in the arms of his father, Rivera's ex-husband Ryan Dorsey, 36.

The couple was also pictured again on Friday when the fond father held his son in his hand.

Searches were hampered by poor visibility in the water, which rescue workers say is cloudy and full of plants and debris. The police said it was possible that Rivera's body would "never show up again" if he was "involved in something under water".

Divers say the water is cloudy and full of plants and debris, which limits their visibility to less than a foot and forces them to use their hands on what crew member Max O & # 39; Brien called "Braille Search."

On Thursday, the authorities released CCTV footage of the actress and her son arriving at Lake Piru and boarding their pontoon boat hours before their disappearance on Wednesday.

Rivera was seen driving her Mercedes-Benz SUV to the dock at around 1 p.m. on Wednesday before boarding the boy on a rental boat and heading north into the lake.

Along with the surveillance material, the police also shared the boat rental emergency call at 4:37 p.m. when Rivera was reported missing for the first time.

The caller had apparently been sent to check on Rivera and her son after the actress failed to return the rental boat at the expected time.

The caller confused four-year-old Josey with a girl and said they had "found a little girl in one of the boats at the southern end" and added "the mother is nowhere to be found".

The dispatcher asked about the child's age and ethnicity, but the caller still had to see the toddler up close and was asked to collect more information before calling back.

The two got into their pontoon boat rentals before going into the lake around 1pm

The two got into their pontoon boat rentals before going into the lake around 1pm

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