Bishop Man Drowns in Crowley Lake on Wednesday, June 24

Mono Sheriff searching for drowning victim in Crowley Lake.

(Press Release from Mono County Sheriff Ingrid Braun)

On June 24, 2020, at approximately 4:11 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Mono County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel were dispatched to Crowley Lake regarding a drowning. It was reported that a floating mattress blew into the water, and the victim attempted to swim after the mattress. The reporting person witnessed the victim go under the water, and called 9-1-1 when he did not resurface.

MCSO Deputies, Search and Rescue (SAR) Team, Long Valley Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and a CHP H-40(helicopter) responded but were unable to locate the victim. On June 25, 2020, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dive Team arrived on scene.

Divers looking for body of drowning victim

After searching for a few hours utilizing divers and sonar, they recovered the victim from a depth of approximately 16 feet.

The victim was identified as Jess Monroe Watts, a 50-year-old male from Bishop. We would like to express our condolences to the family and friends of Jess.

We also thank the responding agencies: MSCO SAR Team, Long Valley Fire Department, CHP H-40, Mono County EMS, and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dive Team.

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Kimberly Watts
Kimberly Watts
1 year ago

This was my father. You will be forever missed and never forgotten. I love you so much. I will be with you always.

Charles James
Charles James (@cjames)
1 year ago
Reply to  Kimberly Watts

Kimberly, our heartfelt condolences for your loss from those of us here at Sierra Wave. We hope there are many surrounding you and your family providing the love and support needed at this sad time. Love between a father and daughter is a beautiful thing.