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