Parker man drowns on Lake Havasu

A Parker man drowned on Lake Havasu over the weekend. Samuel Wipf, 35, was swimming with friends at the rear of a boat when he began struggling in the water and never resurfaced.

On Sunday at around 4:20 pm, deputies responded to a report of a drowning in Skiers Cove on Lake Havasu. According to witness statements, Wipf was swimming near the back of a boat which was floating at the time, and began struggling for an unknown reason. He went under the water and did not come back up.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Department and Lake Havasu City Police Department all sent dive teams, conducting a series of rescue dives and sonar scans to try to find Wipf. A helicopter from Native Air was also on scene to conduct aerial searches. At around 8:25 pm, Wipf was located using Mohave County’s towable side scan sonar and was recovered by San Bernardino divers. Wipf was turned over to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner Division.


  1. RIP Samuel ,, Aka,, Jay, you’re a good man ๐Ÿ™

  2. i just put a vest on when i go in the water.

  3. In this weather,if you donโ€™t drink water you can get cramps. If that happens while you are in the water it would be very hard to to stay a float with out a life jacket. Please wear a life jacket if you jump in the water.

  4. Mark Faram Me to Iam not embarrassed

  5. maybe a vest for all

  6. Randy Edwards good point.

  7. Respects and condolences to the family may he rest in peace

  8. Very sad. Condolences to the family and friends.

  9. This is so sad and why it is so important to always wear a life vest no matter the circumstance! We are not invincible humans.

  10. So sad. Sending prayers to his family & friends ๐Ÿ™

  11. Rest In Peace and Prayers sent to family and friends

  12. We will miss you Jay but I know that you will enjoy your new home with God

  13. Kevin Foote Sr. Crazy! ๐Ÿ™

  14. Kevin Foote Sr. Very good, way to soon…

  15. Jason Davenport Davenport He will be missed

  16. Rob Smith right…๐Ÿ‘

  17. Tragic. Bless this man and his family

  18. Ok I will be that guy. If he was swimming with friends, why didnโ€™t they help

  19. Jeff Williams I am thinking the same thing. If they know he was struggling someone should have jumped in right? Sounds like there is more to the storyโ€ฆvery sad!

  20. Jeff Williams thank you for being that guy! And Ditto! Also sending prayers to his family!

  21. Stacy O’Brien Wahl Mike Wahl ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ณ

  22. Michael Davis this is what you must have seen

  23. Bill Holderby Had a buddy die the same was in Lake Michigan. He had a heart attack and wasn’t found for a week.

  24. Kathy D Robinson Lowe ditto

  25. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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