Man drowns at Klamath Lake after boat capsizes

FILE - This May 7, 2013 file photo shows Klamath Falls, Ore., top, on the far side of Upper Klamath Lake. Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised for the first time newly confirmed powers that put the American Indian tribes in the driver's seat over the use of water. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Silton)

A boating trip took a tragic turn Sunday after a boat capsized and lead to a drowning.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office say they responded to the Howard Bay boat ramp at 8:15 am Sunday to the report of a capsized boat with one survivor and a second occupant of the boat missing.

Reports say that the first deputies arrived on scene approximately 15 minutes after the initial call.

The body of Vernon Lee Mikesell, age 72, was recovered by Klamath County Dive Rescue approximately one hour later.

Deputies learned that boat occupant and son to Mikesell, James Mikesell, made it to safety.

Vernon Mikesell was last seen when their boat rolled over in the water.

Reports say that the capsized boat is a 15’3” tri-hull built in 1968.

The boat experienced engine failure after a line fouled the prop.

The two occupants tried to return to the boat ramp using a trolling motor, but waves overtook the boat due to windy conditions.

Neither occupant were wearing available lifejackets.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office responded with Marine Division deputies as well as the Dive Rescue Unit.

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