On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 7:15 a.m., the Shasta County Sheriff’s Boating Safety unit received a call of a possible drowning on the McCloud arm of Lake Shasta near the area of Shasta Caverns. A family from Salinas, CA, was vacationing on a houseboat and were beached at Marble Creek with their 7-year-old son. The family attempted to leave the area, but could not get the houseboat started. They were busy trying to fix it and make breakfast. The 7-year-old male juvenile was unattended for a short time. When they realized he was missing, they checked the houseboat and land. They then found the juvenile’s flip flops floating in the water near the rear of the houseboat.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety unit, Dive Team and Search and Rescue Tracking and Mountain Rescue Teams responded to Marble Creek cove. Cal Fire also responded with two fire boats and assisted with transporting medical personnel to the scene. Search teams began searching the land near the houseboat. Divers began searching the water near the back of the houseboat. After approximately a 30 minute search, divers located the juvenile at a depth of approximately 17 feet near the back of the houseboat.
The juvenile was transported to Bridge Bay Marina and turned over to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Coroner. Refer to the Coroner’s Office for victim identification.
The juvenile was not wearing a life jacket in this incident and was not required to per the law, however the Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit would like to remind people recreating on or near the water to wear life jackets, stay hydrated, do not drink and drive and to boat smartly. Any boating law questions or materials can be answered or obtained by calling the Boating Safety Unit at 530-245-6075 or coming to the Sheriff’s Office at Bridge Bay Marina.