Police identify man who drowned in Farmington Lake
Victim of Friday incident was 31-year-old Jaime Tolbert
- The victim reportedly was trying to reach a raft he saw floating in the lake.
- A variety of public safety agencies took part in the rescue effort.
- The victim's body was recovered at approximately 1 p.m. today.
FARMINGTON — The body of a man who drowned Friday night in Farmington Lake has been recovered.
The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Jaime Tolbert, according to a press release issued by the Farmington Police Department. His body was recovered at approximately 1 p.m. today.
Police responded to a report of a possible drowning at the lake at approximately 6 p.m. Friday. They learned that three adults — two men and a woman — and two children had arrived at the west side of the lake and had seen a raft floating in the water, according to the press release. One of the men swam to the raft in an attempt to retrieve it, but he began to struggle and went under the water.
The second man from the group saw him struggling and swam out to assist him, while the woman called 911 for help, according to the press release. The second man also began to struggle, but he made it back to shore.
The New Mexico State Police, Farmington police, Farmington Fire Department and San Juan County Sheriff's Office all took part in the rescue effort. The Air Care 1 helicopter and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office helicopter were deployed to conduct an air search.
The lake was partially closed while the search for Tolbert's body was conducted, but it has been reopened for watercraft and nonmotorized boating.
Farmington police Chief Steve Hebbe extended his department's condolences to the drowning victim's family.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Tolbert's family and friends during this very difficult time," he said.