Teenager Found Dead After Attempting a Flip off a Cliff in the Colorado River - NBC Southern California

Teenager Found Dead After Attempting a Flip off a Cliff in the Colorado River

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    Teenager Found Dead After Attempting a Flip off a Cliff in the Colorado River
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    A teenager was found dead in the Colorado river Saturday morning after attempting to do a flip off a cliff and landing wrong, according to authorities.

    The Mohave County Sheriff's Office Division of Boating Safety began the search on Friday after reports of a person that jumped into the water near Mohave Rock.

    The teenager, identified as Chance Huerta, 16, of Victorville, resurfaced for a brief moment before witnesses say they lost sight of him.

    The search continued Saturday morning for Huerta underwater using dive teams and scan sonar as Search and Rescue units searched the shoreline and aerials, according to Sergeant Kyler Cox of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Division of Boating Safety.

    Huerta was found 13 feet underwater, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Division of Boating Safety.

    "I can't even imagine being in the shoes of the family right now," Cox said.

    The Division of Boating Safety, with assistance from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Game and Fish Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the San Bernardino County Fire Department began conducted the investigation.

    "It's a huge tragedy," Cox said. "All we can advise everybody and preach is just wear a life jacket. Life jackets are key."

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