FOLSOM LAKE (CBS13) – A family outing turned tragic at Folsom Lake, after a 49-year-old woman drowned, leaving her little nephew alone on the shore.
Strangers were able to help the little boy to safety.READ MORE: 2 Juveniles Arrested After Mother, Son Found Critically Injured In Elverta
The drowning comes as Folsom Lake continues to dry up during the California drought. The lake is currently at 25 percent capacity, an historically low level.
The woman drowned in the Beals Point Recreation Area of Folsom Lake, far from the designated swimming area, where the water is all dried up.
âThat child was found later kind of wandering in the park by some passerbyâs, and they guided him up to the entrance station when they couldnât locate his guardians,â California State Park Superintendent Richard Preston-LeMay said.
The water level is so low at the Beals Point area of Folsom Lake, empty lifeguard stands sit overlooking the dried designated swimming areas.READ MORE: Dispatch Audio Describes Chilling Details of Boys' Alleged Attack On Own Mother and Brother: 'He Wants To Turn Himself In'
Time-lapse video shows the trek anyone who wants to get in the water has to take just to find Folsom Lake from the day-use parking lot.
Netta Benjamin brought life jackets with her family to the lake, but decided not to even try getting in the water, since itâs so far away.
âItâs pretty much rocks, itâs pretty much rocks laying out there,â Benjamin said. âIâm definitely not going out there, Iâm not taking the walk.â
Rangers say the woman who drowned was a strong swimmer and in good shape. She was not wearing a life jacket.
The shrinking Folsom Lake is forcing people determined to get to the water into unsafe areas and leaving one woman dead with her young nephew alone on the shore.MORE NEWS: 'That Is Just Inhumane': Hidden Camera Captures Alleged Elder Abuse At Folsom Senior Living Facility
The state parks rangers say people should stick to designated swim areas at state parks, and right now, those areas are at Lake Natoma, not Folsom Lake.