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Exhausted Naya Rivera struggled to save son as boat drifted — but couldn’t save herself

Earlier than disappearing in a California lake, “Glee” actress Naya Rivera used her final bits of energy to get her 4-year-old son onto their drifting boat, but didn’t have the power to save herself, officers mentioned Monday.

“We consider it was mid-afternoon when she went swimming, the thought being, maybe, that the boat started drifting… and that she mustered sufficient power to get her son again on the boat but not sufficient to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff William Ayub instructed reporters at a press convention held after the invention of her physique Monday.

He added that “[Her son Josey] described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He seemed again and noticed her disappear beneath the floor of the water.”

The “Glee” actress’ physique was discovered floating close to the floor within the northeastern nook of Lake Piru, about six days after she went lacking throughout a visit along with her 4-year-old, Ayub mentioned.

“We’re assured the physique we discovered is that of Naya Rivera,” Ayub mentioned at a press convention, citing the situation and clothes of the physique and the truth that nobody else has been reported lacking within the lake.

“There are a number of currents on the lake that seem notably within the afternoon,” Ayub mentioned.

The boy, Rivera’s son from her marriage to actor Ryan Dorsey, was discovered asleep on the pontoon boat, wrapped in a towel and carrying his life jacket, on Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities have mentioned they consider Rivera drowned.

She was discovered close to the place the pair had gone swimming, in an space of the lake from 35 to 60 toes deep and with heavy brush and timber that stand up practically 20 toes from the lake mattress.

“We consider she was hid throughout the shrubbery of a few of the floorbed of the lake” earlier than the physique rose to the floor, Ayub mentioned.

The stays seemed like that they had been within the water for a number of days and didn’t have a life jacket. An adult-size life vest was discovered on the boat.

There was no indication of foul play or suicide. The physique was flown to the medical expert’s workplace in Ventura County, the place an post-mortem shall be performed and constructive identification shall be made utilizing dental information, Ayub mentioned.

Authorities had mentioned the day after Rivera went lacking they believed she was lifeless and had shifted to working to find her physique reasonably than discover her alive.

Investigators used FaceTime movies between Rivera and relations, as properly as interviews with individuals on three different vessels on the lake that day, to decide which elements of the lake Rivera and her son had visited and focus their search.

Dozens of divers labored within the waters with little visibility, with assist from sonar and robotic units that combed the underside of the lake and helicopters and drones looking from above.

“It has been a particularly troublesome time for her household all through this ordeal,” Ayub mentioned. “We share of their grief.”

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