The search for the two Tehachapi men and 14-year-old boy who went missing Saturday morning after their boat capsized on June Lake in Mono County ended Tuesday when their bodies were recovered shortly before noon.
According to family liaison and Tehachapi City Manager Greg Garrett, who has been holding vigil at the lake with the family since the accident happened, the bodies were recovered by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Dive Team, which had joined the Mono County Sheriff's Office search.
The three people who died were identified by Garrett as Doug Langston, his son Jacob Langston, and son-in-law Caleb Johnson.
"They brought them to shore, so the family can start their closure," Garrett said.
Two other people who were aboard the boat swam to shore after the boat overturned at about 10 a.m. Saturday. The two men who swam to shore, who have not been identified by Garrett or the Mono County Sheriff's Office, were medically treated and released.
"On behalf of the family, I want to thank the community of June Lake, the Mono County Sheriff's Office and the Dive Team for everything they have done," said a tearful Garrett. "This has been a tragedy for them as well, and their tremendous love and support has been overwhelming. Somehow this tragedy has brought this community together, and I personally want to thank them for their hospitality. We could never thank them enough."
According to Tehachapi High School Principal Scott Heitman, Jacob Langston was a 10th grade student at THS. His mother, Hilary Romo, is a special education teacher at the school.
"On Monday, Tehachapi High School set up a safe area to provide students and staff a place to work out their grief," Heitman said.
The principal said the school will continue to have a school psychologist and counselors available for as long as needed. He praised the community for rallying around the Tehachapi Unified School District and THS by offering words of condolence and support.
Said Heitman, "We are a family here."
Several efforts to assist the families financially have been set up, including two Go Fund Me campaigns located at the following websites:
Donations can also be made to the Jacob Langston Memorial Fund at Bank of the Sierra. No account number is necessary, just mention Jacob's name, a bank employee said.
Details surrounding the accident have not been released by the Mono County Sheriff's Office.
However, the department wrote on its Facebook page on Saturday that “the boaters were at June Lake on vacation, and their families arrived this afternoon."
The search at times had to be suspended due to darkness and weather.
The Mammoth Times reported on its website that "June Lake is very deep and has a silty bottom, which makes it hard to see and find the victims."
The newspaper quoted Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun as saying, "It is not that big of a lake but it is very deep and it has a silty bottom." The sheriff also said, "We are doing our best to bring them home to their families as fast as possible."