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MCSO Identifies Man Who Died after Jumping into Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — The man who died Saturday afternoon at Bass Lake after being pulled out of the water in a nonresponsive state has been identified as Logan Traver Meleskie, 63, of Sacramento.

The incident occurred at 3:30 p.m., according to Deputy Sarah Jackson, MCSO’s public information officer.

Meleskie and his family were at Bass Lake on a boating excursion. “Their boat was docked in a cove east of Lakeview Estates when [Meleskie] jumped off the boat holding a flotation cushion,” Jackson said.

Meleskie, who was not wearing a life vest, subsequently lost his grip on the cushion and went below the water’s surface.

“It’s unknown what happened when he entered the water,” Jackson said Saturday. “But after he went underwater, he became unresponsive.”

An off-duty nurse who was in the area helped other family members pull the man from the water and then began performing CPR until MCSO boat patrol deputies arrived.

“The subject was transferred to the police boat and deputies continued CPR until the victim was transferred to an EMS unit at the Bass Lake Watersports Marina.” Jackson said the man was pronounced dead shortly after 4 p.m.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the incident. 

Authorities suspect the victim may have suffered a heart attack and Jackson said an autopsy will be performed by the County medical examiner.

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