Another drowning occurs at popular Hume Lake beach


A second drowning incident in two weeks occurred Saturday, July 19, at the Sandy Cove area of Hume Lake. Deputies from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area at about 2:15 p.m. after a relative reported that the 32-year-old victim had disappeared below the surface of the lake.

A Sheriff’s Office helicopter conducted an aerial search but visibility was hampered due to overcast skies. The man’s body was recovered about 4:30 p.m. by U.S. Forest Service rangers.  

On Friday, July 4, a 26-year-old Anaheim man also drowned in the Sandy Cove area. Four days later, his body was located and recovered by Fresno County Sheriff’s Office divers.

Hume Lake is located in Giant Sequoia National Monument and is reached via the Generals Highway. There are several campgrounds in the vicinity. The area has visitor services operated by a concessioner and is administrated by the Forest Service.

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