Monday, 17 June 2024

REGIONAL: Cloverdale man drowns in Lake Mendocino

LAKE MENDOCINO – A Cloverdale man drowned late last week at Lake Mendocino, according to a Monday report from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

Matthew Arreguin, 26, was on a camping trip with his family when the tragedy occurred, according to the report.

The sheriff's report explained that Arreguin and his friends were towing a large raft out into the water.

For unknown reasons, Arreguin turned around and started to swim back towards shore. Near the shore, in approximately four feet of water, Arreguin yelled for help and went under the water, the report said.

Arreguin was pulled from the water by a bystander after being under water for approximately one minute, according to the report.

Just after 4 p.m. Friday, emergency services were dispatched to Lake Mendocino for a possible drowning victim with cardiopulmonary resuscitation in progress in the area of the Kyen Campground, officials said.

Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies, patrolling the lake in their patrol boat, responded to the location, where they found Army Corps of Engineers personnel and bystanders performing CPR until emergency medical services from Redwood Valley Fire and Ukiah Ambulance arrived on scene.

Emergency medical services continued with life-saving techniques but Arreguin died on scene.

Sheriff's officials did not directly state alcohol was involved, but offered the reminder that people should be careful and safe when drinking alcohol in and around the water.

Arreguin is the second drowning victim this month at the lake.

A Redwood Valley man, 19-year-old Pablo Macias, drowned in the lake on June 16, but his body wasn't found until a week later, as Lake County News has reported.

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