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Boat accident kills two

Two Placerville men drowned Wednesday when their fishing boat capsized in Loon Lake. An 11-year-old boy was the only one to survive the accident.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s investigators said the three were headed to shore around 10 a.m., when the boy, Josh Brady, caught a fish. His father, Carol Brady, 52, leaned over to help his son and the boat, a 12-foot long aluminum fishing boat, began to list to one side. Harold Schultz, 65, moved to correct the list and the boat began taking on water from the stern. About 30 feet from shore the boat capsized. The boat had life jackets, but investigators said the three had taken them off as they approached the shoreline.

Josh was able to reach the jackets and took one to Schultz. Schultz could not put on the jacket and drowned. With his father heading for shore, Josh started to swim. When he reached land, Josh noticed his father having trouble. He threw his father a life jacket and went to get help from a nearby man in a canoe.



When the man reached the point where the boat overturned, there was no sign of the men.

The sheriff’s dive team later recovered both bodies. Loon Lake is located just outside the northwest corner of Desolation Wilderness, and is accessible by Ice House Road off U.S. Highway 50.


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