Walter Gerken ID’d as Man Killed in Lake Oroville Boat Accident in Lime Saddle
Oroville, California (May 16, 2018) – The man who was killed in a boat accident in Lake Oroville Sunday evening has been identified as Walter Gerken, 27, of Paradise.
The accident took place at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13 in the Lime Saddle area near the Dark Canyon area of Lake Oroville.
According to a local news report, a ski boat hit the shoreline for unknown reasons throwing Gerken.
Butte County Sheriff’s Office Drowning Accident Response Team responded to the site of the crash and recovered Gerken’s body about 40 feet underwater. He was declared dead at the scene.
One other person was airlifted to a local hospital with major injuries.
Several other people were hurt in the crash and were taken to a hospital by ground ambulances.
The boat operator, Brandon Smith, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.