SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Shasta County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating after a 13-year-old boy drowned at the Centimudi Boat Ramp on Shasta Lake.
Emergency personnel responded to a report from the boy's grandfather, 49-year-old Hosie Rouse of Shasta Lake City.
Rouse arrived at the ramp at 8:30 p.m. with his visiting grandsons, 13, 7, and 6. There were several other families visiting and playing around the boat dock. Rouse's grandsons were playing in the water when he walked away for a minute to talk with a friend fishing on the banks, according to investigators.
Deputies say, a short time later, witnesses reported hearing the 13-year-old yell for help but were unable to see him. Rouse contacted the Shasta Dam Security office after he and other adults at the dock could not locate the boy. A security officer contacted 911 and emergency personnel arrived on the scene within eight minutes.
The victim was found under the water 10-feet of water and quickly removed but he did not respond to CPR and lifesaving measures. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Mercy Medical Center, according to investigators.
The boy was not wearing a life jacket and it is not required by law but, the Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit would like to remind people that recreating on or near the water to wear life jackets, stay hydrated, and pay close attention to juveniles when they are around water.