WILLOWBROOK (CBSLA) — A man drowned Thursday after walking into the lake at Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area in Willowbrook.
Shortly after 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department was called out to the park in the 900 block of El Segundo Boulevard for reports of a missing swimmer. Passersby reported that a man walked into the lake, but did not return to the surface.READ MORE: LA County Supervisor Signs Executive Order Requiring All County Employees Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
A large crowd of people surrounded the lake in the early evening hours as the dive team searched for the man.READ MORE: CBS2 Investigates: E. Coli Bacteria Levels In Echo Park Lake Higher Than State Water Quality Standards
A dive team was sent out to search for the man, whose body was recovered from the bottom of the lake. The man, whose identity was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.MORE NEWS: Daily COVID Cases Top 3,700 In LA County; 12-Year-Old Child Among New Deaths
Swimming is not allowed at the lake, and the fire department reiterated that residents should only swim in designated areas with a lifeguard on duty.