Man dies after boat drifted out of reach during swim

MOUNT SHASTA, CA – A man in his 30s drowned in Lake Siskiyou on Wednesday after he and a friend lost control of their drifting boat, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported. His body was recovered the following day.

The incident occurred as the man began to struggle in the water and disappeared before his friend could assist him, according to a press release from the sheriff’s department.

Authorities launched a search operation from the North Shore boat launch at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office was joined by dive teams, K-9 units, and drones, with additional support from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

The man’s body was discovered 49 feet below the surface of the lake on Thursday. His identity has not yet been released, pending notification of his family.

“We extend our gratitude to the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office for their skilled personnel and equipment, as well as to the dedicated volunteers of the Siskiyou County Search and Rescue Team,” the sheriff’s department stated.

Lake Siskiyou, located near Mount Shasta, is a popular recreational area. Drowning remains a leading cause of unintentional death, with men accounting for 80% of such fatalities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.