Boater Presumed Drowned on Sacramento River

On 7-20-2014 at approximately 1420 hours, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an overturned vessel on the Sacramento River. The Sheriff’s Office Boating Unit that patrols the river responded to the area of “Wyndham Riffle” along with the California Highway Patrol Air Unit.

The reporting party, Robert Watson, advised that his canoe had overturned in the turbulent water near the riffle. Both he and his occupant were thrown overboard and into the river. Watson was able to grab a hold of the overturned vessel. A search by Watson for the other occupant was unsuccessful, and Watson began yelling for assistance. Watson advised that neither occupant of the canoe was wearing a life jacket and Watson said the vessel flipped over several times before he was able to grab a hold of the canoe. Watson was able to self-rescue and began searching the area for the second subject. The second subject was not located.

The name of the second occupant is being withheld at this time due to the occupant not being located and the notification to the family of his disappearance and presumed drowned.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Unit and the Sheriff’s Office Dive team searched for the second occupant and as of 2030 hours, the occupant has not been located. A search of the river will resume in tomorrow morning (7-21-2014).

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