SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - A boating accident occurred Saturday night at Ycotti Cove on the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake, causing minor injuries to 29-year-old William Lee Knight of Redding.
The single boat accident occurred at 7:50 p.m. when Knight was driving his 1979 Rogers boat between 55-60 mph and struck a wave. He was ejected from his boat, which broke apart. Knight was not wearing a life jacket, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
Friends and witnesses to the accident responded and took Knight toward Bridge Bay. When responders from the Sheriff's Office Boating Safety Unit and Cal Fire showed up they found the witnesses and a debris field.
Knight and his friends were located near Turntable Bay. Knight was transported to Bridge Bay Marina by Cal Fire to meet with an ambulance. He had minor injuries and refused any further medical treatment.
According to the Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in this accident.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking witnesses of the accident, who are being asked to call the Boating Safety Unit at (530) 245-6075.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind citizens recreating on Shasta Lake, that there is not a maximum speed limit on the main channels of the lake. Boaters need to maintain a safe speed for conditions and not operate their boats in a reckless or negligent manner.
On windy and high boat traffic days, there can be large waves, which makes boating rough through the water. There is also lots of debris in many parts of the lake, which at higher speeds is difficult to see and avoid.
When recreating on a boat in the water, there has to be one life jacket for everyone on board. The Sheriff’s Office encourages everyone to wear a life jacket when they are on or near the water.More