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UPDATE: 12:37 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 – Authorities have identified the man who died on Shasta Lake on the fourth of July.

Posted: Jul 4, 2020 1:50 PM
Updated: Jul 6, 2020 3:23 PM

UPDATE: 12:37 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 – Authorities have identified the man who died on Shasta Lake during a boating accident on the fourth of July.

65-year-old Floyd Warne Larkins, of Cottonwood, was positively identified Monday, according to the Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators initially responded to the Centimudi Boat Ramp in Shasta Lake around 9:30 a.m. on July 4 regarding a body found in the water.

This case remains under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

This is a breaking news update. Original story follows below.

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UPDATE: 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2020 - According to officials, a man, woman, and child were also on the boat. They said the small fishing boat sank after they launched it earlier in the morning from the Centimudi Boat Ramp. The three of them swam to shore, but the one man did not.

As they started returning to the boat ramp from the Dry Fork Inlet, it began to sink. Officials say only two life jackets were on board. One was given to the child, the other, the victim took but he did not use it.

The boat is described as a small aluminum fishing boat and it has not yet been found.

Officials say it is unknown why the boat sank and the incident is still under investigation.

"All recreational boaters are required to have a wearable life jacket for everyone onboard their vessel that is readily accessible," the sheriff's office said. "All recreational boats over 16 feet in length are required to have a Type IV throwable flotation device that is immediately accessible."

If you witnessed the accident, please call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit at 245-6075.

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UPDATE: 3:45 p.m., Saturday, July 4, 2020 - Officials say the man who died was not wearing a lifejacket.

As of now, the boat itself has still not been recovered.

The Centimudi Boat Ramp was closed for a while but has since reopened.

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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says one man is dead after a Shasta Lake boating accident.

The office's Boating Safety Unit says the call came in just before 9 a.m. on July 4 reporting the accident at Dam Point on Shasta Lake.

Officials say this was a single boat accident and of the four people on the boat, one man is dead. We do not yet know the condition of the three others.

It is unknown if drugs or alcohol played a factor in this accident.

This is a developing story, stay with Action News Now as we work to learn more.

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