Mother, daughter killed in Englebright Lake boat crash

2:56 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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  • Cynthia Peterlin, Sophi Peterlin
  • Jeffrey Sandow

YUBA COUNTY, CA - A woman and her daughter were killed on Englebright Lake Saturday night when a man suspected of boating while intoxicated, collided with their boat.

The crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. on the lake, which borders Yuba and Nevada County, Yuba County sheriff's Lt. Damon Gil said.

After nearly an hour-long search, rescue crews located the bodies of Cynthia Peterlin, 42,  and her daughter, Sophi Peterlin, 12, both of Penn Valley. 

The Peterlins were in a boat being piloted by Cynthia's husband, Paul Peterlin, 42, when their vessel was allegedly struck by a boat being driven by Jeffrey Sandow, 53, of Auburn, said Gil.

Paul Peterlin suffered injuries in the accident and was hospitalized for treatment.

One person on Sandow's boat was also taken to a hospital for treatment, Gil Said.

Evidence suggested that Sandow was intoxicated at the time of the collision and he was arrested on two counts of manslaughter, Gil said.

Englebright Lake is popular for houseboaters. Some said the lake is too narrow and filled with too many slower boats to make it safe for power boats.

"They want to go fast, there are plenty of large lakes in California and Nevada, being so close by, where they can actually go out and exercise those boats - not here," said houseboat owner Pat Newell.

Others blamed alcohol as the biggest reason for the crash.

"Biggest thing is not to drink and drive, whether you're in a vehicle or boat. It's just not safe," said a boater who only gave his first name of Pete.

Investigators do not believe there were any additional victims in the lake.

Englebright Lake is a man-made reservoir formed along the Yuba River.


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