Has anyone drowned in Lake Merritt?
On December 30, 1900, 10-year-old Roy C. Fernald was playing with friends on the 12th Street Bridge when he slipped and fell into Lake Merritt. The boy could not swim and was already underwater when Thomas H. Dunakin, a contractor riding by on his bicycle dove into lake and rescued Fernald, who was resuscitated on shore.
Two young boys, Whitney Stowe and Arthur Drew, were saved from drowning in Lake Merritt when their boat capsized in a 'sudden squall' on March 25, 1904. Ambrose Carpenter and Stanley Hess heard the screams and rescued the two boys.
On May 2, 1908 two boys in a canoe on the north side of Lake Merritt collided with another canoe carrying another two boys and both overturned in the water. Although the two boys in the second canoe, 12-year-old Rufus Timm and playmate Ralph Grimes, were eventually rescued by other boaters, 15-year-old Paul Timm of 817 - 20th Street and 13-year-old Paul Jones of 803 Market Street, drowned in the lake.
Two sisters, Lyba Sheffield and Nita Sheffield, described as 'comely and athletic girl students of the University of California,' saved two men who were drowning, Harry Leinert and Leo V. Belden, whose canoe capsized in a breeze on Lake Merritt. Leimert, a teller at Wickham Havens real estate office, and Belden, an employee of the Oakland Bank of Savings were floundering in 15 feet of water when the Sheffield sisters, who are skilled oarswomen, steered their rowboat over and rescued the men. The young women were all around athletes who held several trophies, had the distinction of swimming across the Golden Gate the previous year.
Two young men and a boy nearly drowned in Lake Merritt on March 6, 1927. The three were rescued by Traffic Officer A. H. Gladdin, who tossed them a life preserver as their boat overturned.
An unidentified man was found drowned in Lake Merritt on November 5, 2003. Police believe the man may have slipped on the wet shoreline near the 500 block of Bellevue Avenue.
Source: Oakland Wiki ( swipe for more info and pics )
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Seems one could die from just touching Lake Merritt