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Man dies after boat sinks in Lake Shasta

Redding Record Searchlight logo Redding Record Searchlight 7/4/2020 Mike Chapman, Redding Record Searchlight

A man died Saturday morning after the boat he was in sank in Lake Shasta.

The SHASCOM dispatch center received a distress call about 9 a.m. Saturday. The location was on the lake near Dam Point close to Shasta Dam and the Centimudi Boat Launch.

Shasta County sheriff's deputies from the boating safety unit and the Shasta Lake substation responded along with paramedics and firefighters with the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District.

Deputies found the man face down in the water and medical personnel provided first aid. He was pronounced dead a short time later, the sheriff's office said.

The man's identity is pending notification of next of kin.

Three people were with him when their boat sank. The sheriff's office identified the trio as Cynthia Larkins, 56, Timothy Parker, 34, both of Redding, and a male juvenile.

They said they launched the boat Saturday morning from the Centimudi boat ramp and went fishing near the Dry Fork Inlet. They headed back to the launch when the boat started taking on water and then the boat sank.

The group only had two life jackets. The boy put one on and they handed the other to the victim, who didn't put it on.

The survivors were able to swim to shore, deputies said. The boat was a small aluminum boat with an outboard motor and it was still submerged under water as of Saturday afternoon.

Deputies don't know why the boat sank and the accident is under investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is urged to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit at (530) 245-6075.

Mike Chapman is a photojournalist for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Follow him on Twitter @mikechapman_RS. Subscribe today!

This article originally appeared on Redding Record Searchlight: Man dies after boat sinks in Lake Shasta

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