OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - The body of a second Oakland teen who fell into a Stanislaus County reservoir on Saturday has been recovered, a Stanislaus County sheriff's spokesman said.
The second boy was found this afternoon, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran announced via Twitter at about 2:20 p.m. The first teen was found shortly after deputies resumed their search at 7:30 a.m. today.
The boys were identified as Josiah Pratt and Jamari Wilson. Their families say the two were best friends.
Wilson was found first. He was a student at Skyline High School. Pratt, found second was a student at Emiliano Zapata Street Academy. The principal described Pratt as a natural born leader.
Wilson's grandparents asked for their privacy, but said their grandson had a bright future at Skyline. His grandmother said he was set to be the varsity quarterback for the football team next season. The two friends had close since they were young teammates on the Oakland Dynamites pee wee football team.
Students remembered Wilson during their lunch break. He was nearing the end of his sophomore year.
At Zapata Street Academy, students and staff participated in talking circles and expressed themselves to grief counselors.
Grief counselors were also available at Skyline. Oakland Unified School District said, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the missing boys," in a statement.
The two teens went missing when they and others in their family jumped from a boat into Woodward Reservoir north of Oakdale just before noon Saturday, according to the sheriff's department.
The passengers weren't wearing a life vest. While the others safely got back into the boat, they lost sight of the two 15-year-olds.
Rescue crews searched for the pair, using dive teams, air patrols, boats, Jet Skis and sonar to thoroughly search the 2,900-acre reservoir. They found no sign of them until this morning, when one of the boys' bodies surfaced.
Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to call the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department at (209) 521-4636.