Naya Rivera’s final act before drowning in Lake Piru was getting her son Josey safely onto their boat and out of the water. She’s being hailed as a hero by fans for her selfless effort of motherly love.
Naya Rivera saved the life of her beloved four-year-old son Josey before she tragically drowned in Southern California’s Lake Piru. At the July 13 news conference announcing that her body had been recovered and identified, Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub revealed that Josey told investigators that his mom pushed him onto the safety of the boat before slipping underwater. The little one never saw his mom again after that. Josey was later found asleep on the boat with his life jacket on, as the vessel was discovered unanchored and adrift in the northern part of the lake with no sign of Naya just after 4:30pm on July 8.
Heartbreaking to hear the police report confirming that they’ve found Naya Rivera. She used the last of her energy to save her son’s life. She died a mother and a hero. RIP Naya. pic.twitter.com/rdF59SVcuz
— Joe (@JoeSaunders) July 13, 2020
“We know from speaking with her son that he and Naya swam in the lake together at some point during their journey. It was during that time that her son described being helped into the boat by Naya, who boosted him onto the deck from behind. He told investigators that he looked back and saw her disappear under the surface of the water,” Ayub explained.
A leasing agent on another boat found Josey in the “narrows” section of the lake after Naya failed to return their vessel at the scheduled 4pm time. An adult life vest was found aboard the craft, indicating that the former Glee star was not wearing one when the mother and son went for a swim. The lake is known for rip currents and very cold water pockets, in addition to strong waves.
Fans are hailing Naya as a hero for saving her son’s life. @Deanoru4Life tweeted, “It was clear for everyone to see that Naya loved Josey very deeply. The fact her final m