A Burley man was last seen Saturday losing consciousness and sinking into Redfish Lake about 200 yards from Point Campground, according to Custer County Search and Rescue.
Joel Castro Juarez, 23, of Burley had jumped from a Redfish rental boat into the lake to grab a lost piece of clothing, according to a search and rescue press release.
Juarez and his family had reportedly been out to the lake for a day-trip and rented the boat from Redfish Lake Lodge. When Juarez jumped into the water he allegedly became overcome by cold-water shock and had difficulty getting back into the boat. Two people from his boat jumped into the water to rescue him, but were overcome by the cold water and Juarez’s weight, according to the release.
When they lost their grip on Juarez he sank into the water, according to the release.
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Juarez’s family sought out a third party on a pontoon boat with a cell phone who called 911 around 3:30 p.m., according to the release.
The sheriff’s office dispatched the Custer County Marine Deputy and Marine Patrol. When they couldn’t find Juarez, Search and Rescue were called in around 4:22 p.m. who looked for him until dark, according to the release.
By Sunday morning Bonneville and Bingham counties sent over their search and rescue teams to assist. A submersible robot, search dogs, volunteers and boats were on the scene Sunday looking for Juarez, according to the release.
He has not yet been located.
An update was not available Monday afternoon from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office.