Naya Rivera: CCTV shows Glee star boarding boat before going missing

Rivera rented a boat with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru, about 56 miles away from central Los Angeles. Credit: AP

CCTV footage shows missing Glee star Naya Rivera boarding a boat with her son shortly before going missing on a Californian lake on Wednesday.

Police have said the 33-year-old is presumed dead and that the effort to find the actress is now a “search and recovery operation”.

Released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, the footage shows Rivera arriving at the dock with her 4-year-old son and leaving on the hire boat.

There is no foul play suspected and officers believe Rivera drowned.

The star went missing on Wednesday while on a rented boat with her four-year-old son at Lake Piru, about 56 miles north-west of central Los Angeles.

A huge rescue mission was launched after actress Naya Rivera disappeared Credit: AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu

The alarm was raised after Rivera, best known for playing high school cheerleader Santana Lopez on musical comedy series Glee, failed to return the boat - which was found drifting with the child sleeping alone on board.

Rivera’s son, Josey Hollis, is in good health and with family, police said.