Young boy drowns at Lake Nacimiento

October 5, 2020

Jonathan Barrueta


Update: The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office identified the drowning victim is 14-year-old Jonathan Barrueta of Santa Maria.

A boy drowned at Lake Nacimiento Sunday afternoon. Relatives have identified him as Jonathan Barrueta.

Shortly before 2 p.m., a 911 caller reported a drowning at Lake Nacimiento. Rescue crews, including a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s dive team, Cal Fire personnel and Monterey County rangers, responded to the scene.

Rescue crews were reportedly searching for the boy near the main boat launch. It is unclear whether divers located Barrueta’s body.

A Go Fund Me campaign raising money for funeral expenses states Barrueta’s family is devastated.

“We are devastated by this and don’t know how we will continue our journey without Jonathan. He was our center of attention and the one who brought laughs and happiness,” according to the Go Fund Me page.

It is unclear what led up to Barrueta’s drowning.


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Prayers for the family. I just can’t imagine…

Life jackets, life jackets, life jackets people!

They may not seem “cool” but can prevent a senseless tragedy.

Kids in the water require constant attention, a life jacket is an essential safety device.

I am heartbroken for this family.