Deadly Boat Flip in California
CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) _ A racing boat capsized as it sped at 80 mph along a Southern California lake, killing one man and leaving three presumed dead, officials said.
The accident involved a 30-foot twin-engine racing test vessel that flipped as it sped in a 35 mph zone on Castaic Lake, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Steve Jauch. One body was quickly recovered by county lifeguards.
A sheriff’s dive team searched underwater in darkness for the three other men until late Friday, said Deputy Brian Lendman. A recovery operation for their bodies was to resume at daylight Saturday, Lendman said.
There were 20 to 30 boats on the lake, which is about 30 miles north of Los Angeles. Officials said the boat sank 240 feet.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Brenda Cambra said the boat occupants were driver Ken Lane, 41; and passengers Steve Coulombe, 38; Nelson Roy Brinkman, 30; and Chuck Weisman, 47. Lane’s body was discovered Friday afternoon, she said.