Apr 16, 2015 6:23 PM by News Staff
Authorities say a bystander rescued an elderly man from his RV after it became submerged in Lake Shasta Thursday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a man in his late 70's was sitting in the back of his motor home around 11 a.m. at the Mariners Point Campground off Silverthorn Road, when he felt the vehicle begin to move.
The man ran to the front of the vehicle, but despite his best efforts the 23 foot RV traveled downhill for nearly 200 feet and then crashed into a rocky Lake Shasta shoreline and flipped end over end into the water.
The man was rescued by a bystander and managed to escape the whole ordeal with only broken ribs and facial lacerations. He was transported to Mercy Medical Center for treatment.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, but it is unknown what caused the parked RV to end up in the lake. Officials with the California Department of Fish and Game responded to the scene because of gas and oil leaking from the vehicle.
The United States Forest Service brought a barge to help carry debris to the shore, but the RV itself will not be pulled out of the lake until the water level recedes.