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17-year-old San Pablo boy drowns in Lake Anza

Daily Planet Wire Reports
Monday March 19, 2001

A 17-year old boy from San Pablo drowned in Lake Anza Saturday afternoon, despite his friends’ attempts to rescue him. 

At about 4 p.m., John Johnson was swimming across the lake in Tilden Regional Park. He got about three-quarters of the way to the other side, when he began to struggle and yell for help. His friends swam toward him, but the boy sank below the surface. His friends were unable to find him, according to an East Bay Regional Park District Police report.  

Members of the Berkeley Fire Department, Berkeley Police, Regional Parks Police, Regional Parks Fire Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department responded for rescue.  

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s department dive team recovered the victim’s body at about 7 p.m. Saturday. 

The incident is under investigation. An official in the Contra Costa County coroner’s office said Sunday the drowning, still under investigation, is thought to be accidental at this time.