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Actress Naya Rivera yelled 'help' before drowning, her son told investigators

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

at Point Honors Los Angeles 2017, benefiting Point Foundation, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Rivera's son was found sleeping on the rental boat after his mother's death.

(CNN)Naya Rivera screamed for help right before she drowned, using the last of her strength to get her 4-year-old son back onto a boat, he told investigators.

The "Glee" actress and her son rented a pontoon boat in July at Lake Piru.

The two decided to jump into the water for a swim, according to an investigative report from Ventura County.

Shortly after, Rivera told her son to get back on the boat, the report said.

"She helped him onto the boat and he then heard (his mother) yell 'help' and she put her arm in the air," the report said.

Rivera's cause of death was drowning and her manner of death was an accident, according to an autopsy report from the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office.

The autopsy and investigative report said Rivera did not have a history of "suicidal ideation or attempt" and had recently been taking medication for a sinus infection.

The reports also say she had vertigo that got worse when she was in the water but was considered to be a good swimmer.

Initially, Rivera was offered a life jacket, but declined, the investigative report said.

Hours after Rivera drowned, the employee went to check on the pontoon boat because it was past due for return.

The employee found the 4-year-old asleep on the boat wrapped in a towel and wearing a life vest.

Rivera's disappearance led to a six-day search, which ended with the discovery of her body in the northeast area of the lake where the water is between 35 and 60 feet deep.

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