Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Divers continue search for missing Windsor man

LAKE COUNTY – Rescuers continue to search for a young Windsor man who fell into Clear Lake Saturday afternoon.

A report issued Sunday night by Lt. Gary Basor of the Lake County Sheriff's Department explained that the agency received a call at 2:57 p.m. Saturday of a man missing in the lake.

Matthew Zanoni, 22, was riding on a pontoon boat with a group of friends when he either jumped or fell off the boat and into the lake, said Basor.

When Zanoni went into the water the boat was doing an arc around an area called Shag Rock near Buckingham, according to Basor.

Witnesses on the boat said Zanoni did not surface after the fall into the water, Basor reported.

Lake County Sheriff's Department Marine Patrol personnel responded to the area to try to find Zanoni, according to Basor.

Within minutes of arriving at the location where Zanoni was last seen and being unable to find him Basor said Marine Patrol officials called in the North Shore Dive Team.

Dive team members made several dives Saturday and were unable to locate Zanoni, said Basor.

On Sunday, the Lake County Search and Rescue Dive Team joined the North Shore Dive Team in searching for Zanoni, according to Basor's report.

The divers made several more dives in the area where the boat's passengers described last seeing Zanoni, but Basor said they still were not able to find him.

Basor said the sheriff's office has requested help from surrounding agencies in continuing the search for Zanoni.

The search effort will continue Monday, Basor reported.

The Shag Rock area, a small rocky outcropping above the lake's surface that historian Henry K. Mauldin said was called “Sock-eye” by local Pomos, has been a dangerous place for boaters in recent years.

It was the scene of another drowning in December 2004, when fisherman Billy Ray Ingram went missing. His body was discovered months later, trapped in rocks under the surface.

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