Heavy snow capsizes multiple boats at Shasta Lake

SHASTA LAKE — Several days of continuous snowfall are suspected of causing multiple boats harbored at Shasta Lake to become over-weighted and top-heavy, with numerous boats in one harbor alone that are listing heavily, taking on water, or sinking.


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Photos from the scene, taken by Facebook’s Shasta Lake Boaters and shared on social media, showed a number of snow-laden house boats and other pleasure craft listing onto their sides, with some leaning heavily against other boats moored at the harbor.

According to the Shasta Lake Boaters post, Holiday Harbor was hit particularly hard, with at least seven boats sinking or already sunk.

One of those houseboats, appropriately – or ironically – named “Sunk-N-Treasure” was seen in the photographs listing heavily on its side and taking on water.

It was not immediately known what actions officials were taking to right the capsizing boats, and protect other vessels from similar mishaps. A call to Holiday Harbor this morning seeking details and information about the ongoing crisis went unanswered.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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