Boat capsizes on Fallen Leaf Lake |

Boat capsizes on Fallen Leaf Lake

Gusts of wind that reached 30 mph capsized a sailboat and dumped five people into Fallen Leaf Lake on Tuesday afternoon.

The three adults and two children were cold but not injured when Fallen Leaf Lake firefighters rescued them with a department boat at 5:10 p.m. The group was found floating with their sailboat about 300 yards from the north shore of the lake.

Haen said everyone who fell out of the boat was wearing life jackets and endured about 10 minutes in the 58-to-60 degree water.

“There are always high winds on Fallen Leaf,” said Fallen Leaf Fire Chief Robert Haen. “They tend to blow you into the north, especially canoes, and people get tired and fatigued and end up all over the place.”

The sailboat launched from Stanford Sierra Camp, which is at 130 Fallen Leaf Road. Haen said the captain did not have much experience sailing.

On the boat were: Paul Koontz, 41, of Portola Valley, Calif., Paul Koontz Jr., 70, of Kansas City, Mo., Andrea Koontz, 38, also of Portola Valley and an 8-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy.

A resident on Rontoni Road reported the incident to the fire department.

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