MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- The family of a 19-year-old man is in mourning after he died during a hiking trip in eastern Madera County.
The sheriff's office is using this tragedy as a reminder to make sure you're prepared when you go into the wilderness.
Last Wednesday, the sheriff's office says a 19-year-old from Los Angeles County went missing near Thousand Island Lake.
He was hiking with a large group but went swimming alone to one of the islands at the lake.
The group later found him and called for urgent medical help.
NAS Lemoore sent a military helicopter but it was too late.
The young man passed away.
The sheriff's office says no matter how hot it gets, high-country alpine lakes are still extremely cold and can be dangerous to swim in.