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Boater Suffers Minor Injuries After Boat Breaks Apart

A Redding man wrecked his boat on Lake Shasta when he hit a crosswave at high speed. Shortly before 8 O’clock Saturday evening 29-year-old William Knight was alone on his 1979 Rogers speedboat at Ycotti Cove on the McCloud Arm. He was going 55 to 60 miles an hour when he hit a wave hard enough to break the boat apart. Knight was sent flying and was not wearing a life jacket. Fortunately he had friends nearby who witnessed where he went in and they were able to pull him from the water. They headed toward Bridge Bay as other witnesses called 9-1-1. Sheriff’s deputies and Cal-Fire responded and found the debris field where the water is more than 300 feet deep. Knight and his friends were met near Turntable Bay and taken by Cal-Fire the rest of the way to Bridge Bay, where an ambulance was waiting. He suffered only minor injuries. Although there’s no speed limit in the main channels of the lake, the sheriff’s office reminds boaters to be aware of the dangers and boat wisely. They also encourage life jackets, and boaters must have them easily accessible for everyone in the boat.