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Sacramento Man Crashes Boat Onto Shoreline At Lake Shasta

A man from Sacramento with a rented boat on Lake Shasta demonstrated why the state requires education cards for boaters. Saturday afternoon 34-year-old Usman Khalid and his three nephews rented an open bow ski boat from Holiday Harbor to tool around the lake and take in the scenery. They were planing along on the McCloud arm heading back toward the marina when Khalid dropped his sunglasses. He leaned down and searched around for them, and when he looked back up they were already hitting the shoreline. The boat slid 37 feet up the bank before coming to rest. One of Khalid’s nephews suffered minor injuries but everyone else was fine. Someone came along and gave the four of them a ride to Holiday Harbor, where Boating Safety Deputies caught up to the. Khalid said he had never driven a boat before and had no formal or informal instruction. The Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to wear life jackets, maintain a proper lookout, and obtain a California Boaters Education Card, which is mandatory for ages 16 through 35.