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Search continues for boy in Buena Pond

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Buena, WASH.--Divers returned to Buena Pond Tuesday morning to search for a 16-year old boy who was last seen swimming there Monday afternoon.

Friends were able to tell the Yakima County Sheriff's Office exactly where the boy was swimming, which is crucial information for search and rescue divers. The boy's family told the sheriff's office he was not a strong swimmer.

Lieutenant Brian Winter of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office said, "We dove last night until about 10 p.m. and we're back out here this morning. We've been running boats with sonar."

The sheriff's office said there is zero visibility in the water making it difficult to locate the body. Outside help was recruited, including the Columbia Basin Dive Rescue team from the Tri-Cities.

"This has been a multi-agency effort to locate this young man and kind of bring closure to his family," said Winter.

Search and rescue are using sonar to pick up possible hits, and then sending divers down to see if it's him.

The sheriff's office said this isn't the first time someone has drowned here.

"The gentleman that lives right next door told us he's been to five drownings in this lake over the last probably ten years or so, and I know we've been out here a couple times," said Winter. "One time was only a couple years ago."

Search and rescue told me they can't emphasize enough how important flotation devices are. Even if you're a strong swimmer, you can still get tired.

"I've never known anyone that's regretted wearing flotation," said Winter. "I've known a lot of people that regretted not wearing flotation."

The Sheriff's Office said they've covered the eastern part of the lake Tuesday.