Coroner Rules Lake Cachuma Death an Accidental Drowning

Isaiah Sanchez, 22, Tried to Swim to Shore From Broken-Down Boat

A coroner report released this week concludes that 22-year-old Isaiah Sanchez, who went missing as he swam in Lake Cachuma on July 11, died of an accidental drowning.

Isaiah Sanchez

Sanchez had attempted to swim to shore from a boat with mechanical problems at around 8 p.m. when witnesses described him struggling in the water before going under. A massive search was launched that included dive teams, helicopter fly-overs, and sonar sweeps, but Sanchez could not be located. Ten days later, boaters discovered his body 100 yards from where he was last seen.

The coroner report states that Sanchez’s body displayed no outward signs of trauma and that no other conditions contributed to his death. A toxicology report indicated that he had a blood-alcohol concentration of .107 at the time of his death with a small amount of marijuana in his system.

According to an obituary published in early August, Sanchez, from Oxnard, worked at Food for Less and worked part time for In-Home Services for a younger cousin with special needs. Many of his family members kept vigil at Lake Cachuma for the entirety of the 10-day search.


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