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Capsized canoe kills Aptos, Scotts Valley men

Posted: Monday, May 6th, 2013




LOS GATOS — Authorities have released the names of an Aptos man and a Scotts Valley man who died Sunday when their canoe capsized in Lexington Reservoir, said Santa Clara Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Kurtis Stenderup.

Raymond Nell, 30, of Aptos and Nicholas Nell, 35, of Scotts Valley were pronounced dead at Good Samaritan Hospital Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office received a call of a capsized canoe on Lexington Reservoir approximately 200 feet off the shore of the Los Gatos Rowing Club. The canoe was carrying four people when it capsized, Stenderup said.

None of the people on board were wearing a life vest.

When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, a 16-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man from the canoe had safely reached the shore in windy conditions and two were still missing. The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was activated immediately, along with Santa Clara County Parks Rangers, Cal Fire, Santa Clara County Fire and County EMS.

The Dive Team was able to recover one person approximately 20 feet from the shore in 8-10 feet of water within an hour of the boat being reported capsized. He was identified as Nicholas Nell. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead, Stenderup said.

At about 5 p.m. the Dive Team recovered the second person 193 feet from the shore at a depth of 38 feet. He was identified as Raymond Nell.

He was also taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Sheriff’s Office is continuing their investigation into what caused the canoe to capsize.



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