A 47-year-old man who drowned at Lopez Lake has been identified as Darryl Tyler Redd of San Diego, according to the San Luis Obispo County Coroner’s Office.
Rescue crews responded to a 911 call about 2:20 p.m. Thursday after a boat flipped over with three people inside near the Cottonwood Cove area of Lopez Lake near Arroyo Grande.
Witnesses said three people were sailing on the lake on a catamaran when it capsized. Two of them were wearing life jackets, Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said.
Redd, who was not wearing a life jacket, “was having a hard time” swimming and apparently drowned attempting to swim to shore, officials said.
The other two men aboard the boat made it safely to land.
The Sheriff’s Office dive team was able to find Redd’s body about 6:30 p.m.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death, a news release said.