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Drowning on Saturday is Lake Berryessa's fourth since May

Drowning on Saturday is Lake Berryessa's fourth since May


Drowning on Saturday is Lake Berryessa’s fourth since May

A drowning death Saturday afternoon in rural Napa County was the fourth at Lake Berryessa in 45 days.

The victim, a San Francisco man identified as Christopher Alexander Wyatt, 39 of San Francisco, was under water for several minutes at the Smittle Creek Day Use Area in the 5700 block of Knoxville Road, according to Sgt. Jon Thompson of the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was pulled to shore by family members and onlookers who administered CPR, Thompson said. Members of Cal Fire and Capell Valley Fire arrived at the scene and attempted life-saving procedures on the man but were unable to save him, according to Thompson.

The drowning comes after three other fatalities at Lake Berryessa since the summer tourism season began on Memorial Day weekend.

Christopher Ricardo Terlesky, a 20-year-old Richmond resident, died May 27 near the Oak Shores Day Use Area on Berryessa Knoxville Road. Two other men also died at the Oak Shores Day Use Area during the final week of June: 26-year-old Joshua David Michael Lee of Vallejo and 27-year-old Eddie Santos, a San Francisco resident.

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Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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