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Suisun City man drowns at Lake Berryessa

By From page A3 | July 09, 2014

SUISUN CITY — A 56-year-old Suisun City man drowned on the Fourth of July while fishing at Lake Berryessa, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

A boater at the lake reported a person floating upside down Friday morning, said Capt. Doug Pike.

Mark Hooper was found in a U-shaped inflatable float tube and pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

In a separate incident July 1, a San Rafael man drowned while swimming at Lake Berryessa.

Pike said the lake can be rather steep at the shoreline.

“It can drop sharply and suddenly,” he said. “It can be treacherous.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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  • 2realJuly 08, 2014 - 5:47 am

    Wild guess, they were drinking?

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  • JimboJuly 08, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Never swim in that lake. There have been many mysterious drownings there over the years and many have speculated that an heavy volcanic gas with little or no odor is being emitted somewhere and people are passing out in the water. Even just CO2 would lay against the surface of the water on a non-windy day.

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  • archieJuly 08, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    never heard that before Jimbo,,,,,,,,, quite interesting and seems possible

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  • Barbara PhilipsJuly 09, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Mark was a very experienced fisherman and for someone to not even know him, and make that type of remark about the drinking is absolutely heartless. Did you consider the fact that this could have been a medical condition or are you just willing to say the most hurtful things first? You are a real piece of work and maybe someday, a tragedy will hit your life. Let's see how much sympathy you get. His family is suffering a great loss right now. Mark was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was my one and only brother in-law and I find your remark absolutely pathetic. Is your life so miserable that you have to make yourself feel better by making others feel worse? It's people like you who are taking up space in this world and should be the first to go! Hope the rest of your life is as miserable as you sound!

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  • LibertyJuly 14, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Mr. Hooper was a very nice man. I am sorry for the family's loss. We all need to realize that folks do not need to be beaten down, especially when facing a difficult situation like this one. Prayers for the family.

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  • HildaJuly 21, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Wild guess don't make assumptions because your wild guess just made you seem stupid. The man that died July 1 wasn't drinking, he was sober.

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  • Alex SpringAugust 05, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    my acquaintance died 7/1/14 there at oak shores. a passerby man knew just where to find him underwater and pulled him out. he said there have been numerous drownings there due to an underwater pump/drain there that sucks people down. there are no signs saying danger do not swim. lawsuit in the works

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