Napa officials report third drowning at Lake Berryessa in two weeks

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People lounge on the beach and swim at the Oak Shores area of Lake Berryessa, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Robinson Kuntz/McNaughton Media)

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A Vallejo teen is the third person to drown within the past two weeks at Lake Berryessa, Napa County officials report.

One of the other two to drown was a Fairfield teen.

Zaire Watu Fairley, 18, of Vallejo, died Sunday after drowning at the lake, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Fairley was at the Smittle Creek Day Use Area with three of his friends and was standing on a log when he slipped into the water around 1:35 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reports.

An off-duty police officer dove into the water from his boat to try to save Fairley. The officer found Fairley underwater and was able to swim to shore, where off-duty nurses began CPR, the Sheriff’s Office reports. Personnel from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Capell Fire, Pope Valley Fire and the California Highway Patrol arrived minutes later, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

The CHP airlifted Fairley to Providence Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, where he died at 3:19 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reports.

This is the third drowning in two weeks at Lake Berryessa.

Marciallo Perez, 35, of San Pablo, died July 3 after he entered the water at the Oak Shores area to save his young son from drowning, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office reports. The boy survived: Perez was not able to swim back to shore.

Demetrio “Mecho” Perriatt, 16, of Fairfield, drowned June 27 while visiting the lake with friends. He was swimming at approximately 1 p.m. at the Oak Shores area when he went under water and failed to surface. Divers recovered his body around noon the next day.

Perriatt’s Fairfield Expos team had just returned from a 12-day American Legion tournament in Oregon. He had just completed his junior year at Rodriguez High School and was nearing his 17th birthday.

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