Missing boater recovered from Lake Shastina

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

After a three day search, 27 year old Weed resident Shaun Davis was recovered in the waters of Lake Shastina.

Siskiyou County Sheriff spokesperson Allison Giannini said Davis was found in the lake at an approximate depth of 25 feet by the Sheriff Department Dive Recovery Team on the evening of Tuesday, March 1. He was found in the general area where his boat had capsized Sunday evening.

A second boater, 24 year old Jerrod Brown of Weed was rescued Sunday evening on Milkhouse Island, about two hours after their boat flipped.

Search and Rescue boat crews searched the lake all day Monday,  but they were hampered by 40 mile per hour winds and large swells on the lake, Giannini said.

“I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Davis in the wake of this tragic event,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. "I would also like to thank all of the courageous search personnel, dive team, and boat crews who aggressively pursued a multi-faceted search operation under very hazardous and adverse conditions.  These great men and women risked their personal safety and very lives to find Shaun and they deserve recognition for their heroic efforts.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family in the aftermath of this tragic incident.”   

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department Dive Recovery Team and boat crew searched the water and used a CARDA canine water dog that specialize in picking up human scents from water. The canine water dog alerted to the possible location and technology obtained from the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office boat crew (sonar) was used to assist with the search, along with a friend of Mr. Davis who was present at the time of the original incident.  Although high winds up to 57 MPH and turbulent water conditions prevailed in the area, members of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Dive Recovery Team searched the 37 degree water at the location and recovered Mr. Davis from the bottom of the lake after a brief but challenging diving operation.  

In addition to the dive operation, an exhaustive ground was conducted. The entire shoreline of the lake and the islands were searched, Giannini said.

Volunteers from numerous agencies helped during the course of the three day search, Giannini said, including Tehama County, Trinity County, Sierra County and Klamath County Search and Rescue, California Rescue Dog Association, California Highway Patrol, Lake Shastina Police Department, Lake Shastina Fire Department, Cal Fire, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Posse, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Dive Recovery Team, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Chaplain, and numerous other Sheriff’s Deputies, Correctional Officers, public information and command personnel who made this search and rescue operation a success, including Captain Jim Betts, the operational commander, and Deputy Celeste Fowler, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Coordinator.