Saturday, June 3, 2023

Second Drowning in the Last Six Days at Lake Berryessa

Lake Berryessa [Picture from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office]

Lake Berryessa, one of the North Bay’s most popular destinations for boating and swimming, has claimed the life of a 35-year-old San Pablo man this afternoon. This marks the second drowning in one week.

As per a Facebook post from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, around 3:00 p.m. Marciallo Perez entered the water to save his son from drowning. Tragically, the father would drown while his young son would survive. Authorities recovered his body hours later.

On Monday, June 27, 2022, a 16-year-old was reportedly rafting when he fell in the water and drowned.

Both of the drownings took place in the area of Oak Shores, one of the more popular day-use areas at the lake.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office asks the public if they are recreating at Lake Berryessa to “PLEASE wear a life jacket when you’re on a boat or in/near the water.”

The following is the full Facebook post from the Napa County Sheriff’s Office:

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This afternoon, around 3pm, Napa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for a man drowning at Lake Berryessa (Oak Shores). The drowning victim was 35-year-old, Marciallo Perez, a resident of San Pablo, Ca. Witnesses said Mr. Perez entered the water to save his young son from drowning. The boy survived, however Mr. Perez was unable to swim back to shore. Our Marine Unit recovered Mr. Perez at 4:17 pm. Our condolences go out to the Perez family. Reminder, PLEASE wear a life jacket when you’re on a boat or in/near water.
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