Authorities have recovered the body of a local man who had reportedly fallen into the lake at Clear Lake State Park Marina in Kelseyville, according to a Nixle message from the Lake County Sheriff's Department.
On Sunday, at about 8:12 p.m., deputies responded to Clear Lake State Park after witnesses called to report that a man, later identified by the Lake County Sheriff's Department as Caldwell Joseph Pitre, 59, of Palo Alto, pulling into the dock area of the marina and leaning over the side of the boat to tie it to the dock when he slipped and fell into the water. Pitre surfaced a couple of times and yelled for help, witnesses told deputies. Several people tried to help Pitre, but he disappeared below the surface and they could not locate him, according to the message.
Deputies from both the patrol and the marine units, as well as Clear Lake State Park rangers, responded to the area and started searching for Pitre. Divers from the Northshore Dive Team, using a side scan sonar, searched the area around the dock, as well as areas where marine deputies had gotten images of unknown objects from the side scan sonar until about 1:45 a.m. before the search was scaled back due to exhausting all of their resources, poor visibility and lack of light, according to the message.
The search for Pitre continued early Monday morning, June 27. At about 11 a.m. deputies located and marked an unknown image from the side scan sonar, and divers located Pitre and removed his body from the water.
The official cause of Pitre's death is pending autopsy results.
Editor's note: Although the Lake County Sheriff's Department reported that Pitre lived in Palo Alto, Pitre's Facebook page gives his city of residence as East Palo Alto.