A recreational trip to a local lake turned to heartbreak for a family last Father’s Day weekend, after a California man died following his jump from a boat into the water.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) confirmed that Logan Traver Meleskie, 63, died after becoming unresponsive at Bass Lake. His cause of death is undetermined at this time.
Meleskie, a resident of Sacramento, was boating with his family on Saturday afternoon, June 20 at approximately 3:30 p.m. when the incident occurred.
“He jumped off of the boat holding onto a flotation device,” said MCSO public information officer Sarah Jackson, describing the device as a 16 x 16 inch cushion designed for floating in water.
“Shortly after he jumped into the water, he went under and was unresponsive,” the public information officer continued.
“Family called 911 from the boat but they didn’t know their location. They knew they were somewhere by the dam.”
The boat the family called from turned out to be docked in a cove east of Lakeview Estates, according to MCSO.
“While they were making the call, an off-duty nurse came over and helped get Mr. Meleskie back onto the boat, and started CPR while they waited for boat patrol.”
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office boat patrol arrived at 3:37 p.m., they noted.
Two deputies then took over CPR, transferring Meleskie to a police boat. The patient was then transferred to EMS, already staged and waiting at the Bass Lake Water Sports marina on the north shore next to The Pines Resort.
“EMS took over CPR and lifesaving efforts at that point, but he was pronounced deceased at 4:09 p.m.,” reported MCSO.
The incident is under investigation and an autopsy is pending.
Unlike some accidents that can be considered preventable by using safe boating practices, “it doesn’t appear anything was done wrong in this case,” said Jackson.
“It just looks like a tragic accident.”