A diver involved in the search for 33-year-old Naya Rivera stated that strong winds may have been a contributing factor to her drowning.
Robert Inglis from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team speculated that the strong wind pushed Rivera’s pontoon away from her. In a statement on Monday he said:
What I suspect is that the winds kicked up. Those pontoon boats are very light, and when you push them, it can get away from you. She might’ve tried to swim after the boat.
According to reports, Rivera left her life jacket on the boat, which also probably contributed to her drowning.
The best thing that we can say that contributes to a lot of the drownings is when people go swimming and they are not wearing their life vest and they jumped off the boat, said Inglis.
He also added that while she was swimming back to the boat she could have caught a leg cramp:
Winds do kick up at that lake, and the boats start to get away and you are trying to go after that boat, you could get a leg cramp. If you are wearing a life vest, you could rest and someone can go back and pick you up, or call for help or something like that.
The water was relatively calm that day at the Southern California Lake, however, Inglis said it is easy to get tired when swimming.
If you’re not familiar with the boat and getting on and off the boat, you can get tired just climbing onto the boat. You can fall back in, people hit their heads, things like that, Inglis also added.
Inglis dove to search for Rivera in the first 48 hours of her being reported missing. He mentioned that people who are muscular do not float as easily. Rivera was alone with her 4-year-old son Josey.
Josey was unharmed and reunited with his father. Rivera was found earlier today after being missing for 5 days.
The cast of Glee has gathered at Lake Piru where her body was found to pay respects to Naya. Today is also the 7-year anniversary of other Glee cast member Cory Monteith passing.
View this post on Instagram
This story will continue to be updated.