Press Releases

Thursday 06/22/2017 9:34 PM - Drowning

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Drowning
Date and Time of Incident: 6-22-17, Approximately 2:15 PM
Place of Occurrence: Cottonwood Cove area, Lopez Lake
Victim Information: Male, 47, Southern California
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: On 6-22-17, The Sheriff's Office received a call for assistance regarding a possible drowning in the Cottonwood Cove area of Lopez Lake. Witnesses report the 47-year-old male victim from Southern California and two others went sailing on the lake on a catamaran when it capsized. The two others were able to swim safely to shore. The victim tried to swim to shore but was unsuccessful. The victim was not wearing a life jacket. Deputies and members of the Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Dive Team responded to the lake. The Dive Team was able to locate the victim at approximately 6:30 PM. The victim's identity is pending notification of next of kin. No foul play is suspected. The investigation is continuing.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Thursday 06/22/2017 9:34 PM