Coroner's bureau IDs father, son who died after falling into Shadow Cliffs Lake

Men did not know how to swim, weren't wearing life jackets

A father and son from Hayward whose bodies were recovered Monday morning from a Pleasanton lake have been identified as 33-year-old Juan Estrada Estrada and 59-year-old Juan Estrada Espinoza, according to the Alameda County coroner's bureau.

The two men were initially reported missing around 7 p.m. Sunday after they fell into Shadow Cliffs Lake, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

The two were on a raft with a group of family members in the middle of the lake, in an area outside of the lake's designated swim area that is about 40 feet deep, park district officials said.

Good Samaritans tried to help the father and son after they fell in the water, but were unsuccessful.

The men did not know how to swim and were not wearing life jackets, according to the park district.

Dive teams from both the park district and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office immediately began searching for the two and recovered their bodies the following morning.

The causes of death are pending further investigation, with the pathologist deferring a final determination until toxicology results come back, according to the coroner's bureau.

-- Daniel Montes, Bay City News Service. Pleasanton Weekly staff contributed to this report

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2 people like this
Posted by Jim
a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

This lake is not very big. The raft must be on a smaller size, and might even be non-motorized. So my question is if the pair fell over, the people on board couldn't just maneuver the to them? If they can't climb in, couldn't the people on board have something for the pair to hang on to so they wouldn't drown? Something doesn't sound right here.

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:34 am

@Jim -- a whole lot of things are not right. They were on the water after hours, in an unsupervised area, in the middle of the lake, with people who cannot swim wearing no life jackets. The only thing that DOES make sense is that they had a tragic end. How could it be otherwise? Sad but completely avoidable.

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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2016 at 11:38 am

That's a shame. But agreed, completely avoidable tragedy here.

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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

If I am in water and become too exhausted to swim, I float on my back and or thread for a bit.
The obvious key is NOT to panic. Quite possible for panic to also take out a potential rescuer.
This is why life guards carry the large buoy devices with them (have victim hold on to it, while they swim them to safety)

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