A boy on a weekend retreat with a group from Kings County apparently drowned today near Bass Lake.
The Madera County Sheriff’s department responded to a possible drowning at Bass Lake about noon. The 13-year old boy was swimming at Recreation Point near Road 222 and Road 274 when he suddenly went under, sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
A chaperone jumped in to try to rescue the boy. She was pulled under while trying to pull him out. Both were rescued by others nearby.
She survived, but he could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at an urgent-care facility in Oakhurst, Stuart said.