DISCOVERY BAY (CBS SF) — The body of a man who disappeared over the weekend in the Delta near Discovery Bay has been recovered, Contra Costa County authorities announced Wednesday.
The sheriff’s department tweeted that the body of 34-year-old Efren Cruz of Oakland was discovered in Delta waters. No other details were immediately available.READ MORE: Looming La Niña May Push Western Drought From Bad to Worse
Sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said that Cruz was fishing from an inflatable boat near Indian Slough in the Delta with another man early Sunday when the vessel sprung a leak. The other man was able to swim to shore, but Cruz vanished.READ MORE: Update: Fawn Fire Near Redding Grows To 7,500 Acres Overnight; Firefighters Look To Cooler Weather
A Coast Guard rescue boat and MH-65 helicopter responded to the scene, as did units from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. The search continued until roughly 6:40 p.m. Sunday, when it was temporarily suspended for the night.
The helicopter returned at 6:15 a.m. Monday, but the crew suspended their search later that morning.MORE NEWS: Air Quality Advisory Extended Through Monday Due To Wildfire Smoke
An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning, and the victim’s official cause of death is listed as drowning, according to the coroner’s office.