12-Year-Old Boy Killed in Boating Accident on Lake Shasta

12-Year-Old Boy Killed in Boating Accident on Lake Shasta

ON July 11, 2017

Robert Noftz, 50, of Red Bluff booked into County Jail on suspicion of boating under the influence

According to ChicoER News, A 12-year-old boy is thought to be dead after the child was struck in a boating accident on Lake Shasta last Monday evening.

 Authorities reported that the girl, under the age of 16, was driving a boat on Lake Shasta just before 8:00 p.m.

The underage driver was pulling the 12-year-old boy on an inner tube, when the 12-year-old boy requested the driver try to knock him off the tube, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Rob Sandbloom.

Reportedly, the young driver turned the boat too sharp trying to knock the victim off the tube, and hit a wake from the boat.  The boat then collided with the boy, said the article.  When the boat went to retrieve the victim, the 12-year-old got off the tube to avoid the boat coming by, but unfortunately, the 12-year-old boy was struck by the boat.

According to evidence found by authorities, the victim’s life jacket was found floating in the water and it appeared to be struck by a propeller, the report said.

Currently, it is presumed that the victim was killed in the boating accident.

Authorities identified Robert Noftz, 50, was the legal guardian of the driver and was under the influence at the time of the incident, although girl under 16 was the driver. Robert was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of boating under the influence after the incident.

The accident is currently under investigation and further details will be reported at a later time.

From the May Firm, we extend our deepest condolences to the families affected by this tragic loss.  We pray that they may find peace and solitude during a most difficult time.

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