Deputies say Celso Ortega, 28, of Laton, was clam hunting with his friends on Wednesday night when he slipped under the water and disappeared.
Ortega's friends say they were trying to grab him but after losing their grip they lost sight of him.
Kings County Sheriffs and Fire Department investigating a possible drowning southeast of Kettleman City. A man decided to swim in a canal, went under and has not resurfaced. A dive team is on the way to search for him. @ABC30 #abc30insider pic.twitter.com/7R6XXmFAIx— Matt Walters (@60fpsMatt) July 18, 2019
The Kings County Sheriff's Office Water Rescue Unit was dispatched to the scene to find Ortega. After a few hours of searching, divers were able to recover Ortega's body.
Deputies say because of the length of time Ortega was submerged it is believed that he was the victim of an accidental drowning.