Man Presumed Drowned At Lake Elsinore Identified By Family Member

Gammy Nunez, 50, of Rancho Cucamonga, was last seen Sunday around 1:45 p.m. He was out fishing on his small boat with his wife Julia and their two grown sons, Jeremy and Marc.

A man presumed drowned in Lake Elsinore has been identified by a family member, but his body is still missing.

Gammy Nunez, 50, of Rancho Cucamonga, was last seen Sunday around 1:45 p.m. He was out fishing on his small boat with his wife, Julia, and their two grown sons, Jeremy and Marc.

The boat began taking on water near the north end of the lake and capsized, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Morales. A good Samaritan boater rescued the woman and the sons; all three are safe, the deputy said Sunday, but the father was not found.

Authorities began rescue efforts minutes after the incident but by about 4 p.m. that afternoon they shifted to recovery mode and later said the man was presumed drowned.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, authorities have still been unable to find the body.

Despite the dire circumstances, Johanne Villavicencio, the missing man’s niece, said she is still optimistic.

“We're not losing our hope that he will be found alive and safe. He is a very strong man and he can survive,” she said via email from the Philippines. “He is a good man, a very good man. He is a very loving, caring, happy person.”

Villavicencio said her uncle was also a good swimmer who owned a pool and spa business.

According to an article from The Desert Sun that published just 10 days ago, the missing man was an avid fisherman. Earlier this month, a Desert Sun reporter caught up with him as he fished for tilapia at the Salton Sea.

Search and recovery efforts for the missing man will resume Wednesday at 6 a.m., Deputy Morales said.

Tomorrow morning “we will throw everything we have it. It will be all hands on deck,” he explained, noting that there will be additional divers in the water and an extensive check of the shorelines.

He said recovery efforts continue to be concentrated at the lake’s north end, but explained that on Wednesday the search will be broadened.

“We don’t believe the current could have carried his body that far, but we want to be sure,” Deputy Morales said.

The deputy said the family was at the search scene on Tuesday and did talk with news media.

Marc Nunez, the younger of the two sons, wrote on his Faceback page Sunday morning, “Sunblock. Check. Boat shoes. Check. Ridiculous American Apparel outfit I thought I'd never wear unless I were on a boat. Check.”

When asked by a Facebook friend where he was going, Marc responded, “Lake Elsinore with the family on my dad's fishing boat. :)”

family June 01, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Sorry but as for strangers outside the family, could you please keep personal introspections privately. If given a similar situation, I’m sure you wouldn't want such issues to be treated as an exhibit or museum. This is not the place to report life lessons learned or discovered, this type of misery should not be turned into a social event. Thank you for your condolences.
Tina Tyra June 01, 2011 at 06:44 PM
It's very sad, especially since they were all together. I wonder if he couldn't swim. Every year people drown in Lake Elsinore. My condolences to the family. For everyone else, life jackets and extra life preservers on board are important if you are going boating, even on a small lake.
Ariel s June 01, 2011 at 11:29 PM
U people who talk crap just wait till ur fam dies and see how it feels cuz that was my family member right there
LaW June 01, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Lada, REALLY?!? You're going to make a comment like THAT? What kind of inconsiderate judgmental person are you? Nosing around in a Facebook account of people you obviously don't care about and then the only thing you comment on implies their negligence. You weren't there on THAT day. Shame on you! This family needs compassion, something you lack!!!
Donna June 02, 2011 at 12:16 AM
LaW, some of Lada's inconsiderate judgmental garbage has been removed already. Obviously she lacks compassion and has never dealt with tragedy maybe?
Tina Tyra June 02, 2011 at 12:19 AM
He has been found. May God Bless him and may he rest in peace.
LaW June 02, 2011 at 12:49 AM
I don't believe one has to experience tragedy to be compassionate. But alas I digress, may God help this family through this and hopefully the recovery if his body will bring closure and aid them in some infinitesimal way in their grieving
Tamara June 02, 2011 at 04:13 AM
I cannot believe some of the cold hearted comments some people are saying. LaW are you serious?!! Going on their Facebook and judging them! I never had the pleasure to meet this gentleman however I know his wife. She is a wounderful women with a big heart and have heard stories about him and am left with the impression that he was just as wounderful and caring and gentle as she is. May God Bless this family and keep his hand on them as they deal with this tragedy. As far as the cold judgemental comments out there please keep them to yourselves!
Tamara June 02, 2011 at 04:35 AM
LaW I apoligize to you. It was not you noising around on their facebook, it was Lada. Lada how low can you be?
LaW June 02, 2011 at 05:16 AM
Lada perhaps you weren't the only to go on that website but you appear to be the ONLY one spewing trash here. Stop defending yourself and go away!!!
maria lilliosa ret balagtas June 02, 2011 at 08:11 AM
we are relatives from the Philippines and we are very sad when we heard about the news that tito gammy has drowned in the lake, i will always remember him as the thoughtful cousin of my father.. let's pray for his soul and let's also pray for his family to have enough strength and courage to face life's difficulties..
Ariel s June 04, 2011 at 06:55 AM
Leave my families article alone lada!
Ariel s June 04, 2011 at 06:58 AM
Yes i do have the right to protect my family from b****s like u lada and thank u for u all who may not know my family but still gave out prayers and telling LADA she is a CUNT!!!
J Carabine June 04, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Ariel, I wish I could give you the biggest HUG in person....I am so sorry. Please know there are many people praying for your family .
Ariel s June 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Thanks janice! Do u know my family?
Daniel Lane June 07, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Daniel Lane June 07, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Ariel, I just wanted to say that some times you need to get the point across and I think you did to LADA. Go bless you guys and hope that everyone can find peace. Like Janice I'll send you a HUG :)
J Carabine June 07, 2011 at 10:34 PM
No, Ariel I do NOT know your family, I do however KNOW the pain of losing a member of your family. Be assured my heart goes out to you all.
J Carabine June 07, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Also try your best not to let other hurt you with their comments..... keep those around you who understand your pain and do all you can to help you and your family heal. It is a long road ahead. HUGS
J Carabine June 08, 2011 at 05:24 AM
Lada, Please practice some compassion for her and her family.
Really? Did that just happen? June 08, 2011 at 06:03 AM
Besides the banter taking place on here which is inappropriate, it is my opinion that contributors and journalists/photographers who work for a publication should steer clear of the mud slinging and arguing taking place on this site. How about you leave it for the readers? I dont see reporters for the Californian, Press Enterprise or SWRNN partaking in gossip and trash talking. Where is the moderator? These comments are spiteful, hurtful, and shouldnt be allowed, and the fact that people who work for Patch are encouraging these comments is shameful.
J Carabine June 08, 2011 at 06:10 AM
I am not encouraging any mud slinging........ in fact just the opposite. I feel badly for this family. My comments are neither spiteful or hurtful.
Ariel s June 09, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Thank you janice and daniel! I appreciate it god bless you both and your family
Daniel Lane June 09, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Your welcome. When I was out doing the pictures for all these articles I had the great opportunity to meet his wife and two kids. Nice people just wish I met them under better circumstances.
Ariel s June 28, 2011 at 06:03 AM
Oh u met my family???
Daniel Lane June 28, 2011 at 06:44 AM
I did I met his Wife and two sons.
Ken Lewis November 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I have lived here in Lake Elsinore for almost 25 years. The sad thing is the constant drownings that happen in the lake. People should be warned about the mucky bottom. The muck or mud what ever it is allows a person to sink into it almost up to their knees and is extremely hard to remove your legs out of it. I know this from personal experience and came very close to drowning myself. When my legs sunk into the muck I fell backward and had a extremely had time getting myself back up straight and rise out of the water. There should be signs posted warning people of the mucky lake bottom.
BLUESGUITAR777 November 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
EXACTLY! I've been saying forever that the Patch staff needs to enforce their own Terms of Service. It's ridiculous some of the arguments and comments that go on in some of these stories. For goodness sakes, I'll do it for free. By they way, I'm pretty sure you're Martha Bridges in disguise based on word choice and sentence structure. ;o)
Mozzie July 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM
this story is 2 years old, why are you bringing it back?
Ken Mayes July 13, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Exactly, why is this at the top of the news.


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