The Kern County Sheriff's Office is continuing its search for Nicholas Smith, 25, of Los Angeles who went missing in Lake Isabella Saturday afternoon after jumping in the water while boating with family and friends. 

After Smith jumped in, wind began pushing the boat away from him, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. Another man jumped in to help Smith who struggled to return to the boat, but could not reach him before he slipped under the water. 

When the Sheriff's Office arrived, several boats were searching for Smith northeast of the French Gulch launch ramp. 

The Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and Air Support units, Kern County Park Ranger Lake Control Unit, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and patrol deputies have all been trying to locate Smith. The search was suspended Saturday night due to winds, but resumed Sunday morning and will continue Monday.

Sgt. Steven Williams of the Search and Rescue Unit said the wind has caused difficulty in the effort to recover his body, but that new video evidence of where Smith was last seen will help narrow the search area on Monday.

Williams recommends that anyone going out on the water should know how to properly operate a boat and use safety gear.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.