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Body recovered of California teen who jumped off a cliff into Colorado River

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 18:26:12-04

LAKE HAVASU, AZ — A teen who went missing after jumping off a cliff into the Colorado River north of Lake Havasu on Friday was found dead by dive teams Saturday morning.

According to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, a 16-year-old boy jumped off a cliff near Mohave rock just north of the sand bar and failed to resurface sometime around 4 p.m.

Dive teams found the teen and recovered the body around 9 a.m. on Saturday. The teen has been identified as 16-year-old Chance Huerta of Victorville, California. MCSO says witnesses reported seeing the teen attempting to do a flip off of a cliff and landed wrong and came to the surface briefly before witnesses lost sight of him.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Division of Boating Safety is on scene investigating 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.

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