Re: Does look like a bass boat
Here is a second article from the Record Bee indicating it was a bass boat...
CLEARLAKE -- Lake County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of Saturday's drowning in Clearlake as Steven Wade Smith, 45, of Oroville. The man was a participant in the annual Catfish Derby ran out of Clearlake Oaks.
According to Lake County Sheriff's Captain James Bauman, deputies responded to the area of Redbud Park in the City of Clearlake around 4:30 a.m. to assist Clearlake Police with a reported sunken boat and recovery of its occupants.
Other agencies responding to the incident included the Lake County Fire Protection District, the Sheriff's Marine Patrol and Lake County Search and Rescue. "Dive team resources from the Napa, Mendocino and Sonoma County Sheriff's Departments were also requested for what would later turn out to be the recovery of a drowning victim," Captain Bauman said.
Captain Bauman said that when sheriff's deputies arrived at Redbud Park, Clearlake police officers were already on scene after responding to reports of shouting from somewhere on the water.
He said two of the three occupants of what was described as an older 15 foot bass boat that had reportedly sunk, were rescued from the water by another fisherman involved in the Catfish Derby and taken to shore. He identified the two pulled from the water as Jennifer Christensen, 40 and Jeffrey Cruz, 44, both of Oroville. He said the rescuer was identified as Johnny Stevenson.
According to Captain Bauman, while medics attended to Christensen and Cruz on shore, a Clearlake officer boarded Stevenson's boat and went back out to look for the third occupant, later identified as Smith. Stevenson and the Clearlake officer searched the area for over a half hour but were unable to locate Smith. They did locate the sunken vessel submerged about five feet below the surface of the lake," he said. "The boat was ultimately recovered and towed in by a North Shore Fire dive boat out of the Clearlake Oaks station."
Captain Bauman said as additional resources arrived at the scene throughout the morning, search and dive teams were deployed on the lake to look for Smith. "By early afternoon, Smith had been located by a Napa County dive team by use of sonar equipment," he said. "He was submerged in about 20 feet of water, nearly a mile off shore."
Smith's body was ultimately recovered and brought to shore at 2:20 p.m. by the Napa County dive team, Captain Bauman said.
"According to the surviving occupants of the boat, Christensen, Cruz and Smith had launched Smith's boat from Redbud Park the previous evening and they had been on the lake fishing the entire night for the Catfish Derby," Captain Bauman said. "At about 1 p.m. they docked at Clearlake Oaks to weigh their fish and noticed water had accumulated in the bilge area of the boat."
Captain Bauman said that the occupants pumped the water out and proceeded back out to continue fishing. He said all three went to sleep while out on the lake and at some point, Christensen woke up and discovered more water in the boat.
"Smith began motoring in slowly toward shore but as he did, the boat took more and more water on. When it was clear that the boat was sinking, all three occupants abandoned the vessel," Captain Bauman said. "Smith was reportedly having trouble staying afloat and despite Cruz's repeated efforts to help keep Smith on the surface, Smith kept pulling Cruz down with him and Cruz eventually had to let him go to preserve his own life."
Captain Bauman said that Cruz and Christensen were in the water for 15 to 30 minutes before they were rescued by Stevenson.
According to Captain Bauman, Stevenson told deputies he was also out fishing for the Catfish Derby with a friend and relative.
They were sleeping on board their boat while anchored off of Redbud Park when at about 4:30 a.m. they awoke to people yelling for help somewhere out on the water. "Stevenson immediately proceeded toward the yelling and was able to locate and rescue both Christensen and Cruz from the water," he said. "They continued searching for Smith but could not find him so he returned to shore with the two survivors."
Christensen and Cruz were transported to St. Helena Hospital Clearlake where they were treated and released.
The cause of the sunken fishing boat is pending further investigation and the manner and exact cause of Smith's death is pending autopsy results.
Here is another picture of that boat.