Update: A member of Terrell’s family has informed me that his body has been recovered. RIP Terrell.
Terrell Antone Blake-Lopez, 26, from San Diego, is missing after falling out of a boat at the Colorado River.
Terrell fell out of the boat when it hit a wake about one mile south of Jack Smith Park near Needles early Saturday night. He was at the front of the 28-foot boat, enjoying himself wiht his family and friends and pumping his fists in the air, when the waves hit the boat. As he tried to steady himself and help another person in the boat, he ended up going overboard.
Terrell was not wearing a life jacket. Someone dove in after him, but he could not be located.
Terrell had just gotten a new job as the sports director at High Tech Middle School. He was a football player at Mira Mesa High School and was a great swimmer.
A search was conducted on a 12-mile stretch of river. Authorities have presumed Terrell has drowned, but his family hopes he made it to shore.
Anyone with information can contact the Colorado Station at 760-326-9200.