Bay Area rising star athlete drowns after Fourth of July boating accident in Lake Tahoe

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An Asian American teenager from California’s Marin County drowned after falling into Lake Tahoe over the Fourth of July weekend.

What happened: Myles Kawashima, 17, was boating at the lake with his friends on Monday evening when the accident occurred, reported KTVU.

  • As Kawashima tried to move to another seat, their boat hit a wave, hurling the teenager into the water.
  • According to Aaron Meier, a spokesperson for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, Kawashima’s friends “turned around and by the time they got back to where he was he had already gone under the water.”
  • The teenagers managed to pull Kawashima on deck and call 911. Authorities performed CPR, but Kawashima died while being transported to the hospital.
  • According to the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office, the official cause of Kawashima’s death is drowning.

Remembering Kawashima: The teenager played for Redwood High School’s baseball and football teams, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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  • On Tuesday, the school’s football team posted about him on Facebook. “Our Redwood football family is mourning the tragic loss of Myles Kawashima,” the post states.
  • Nick Naudain, a former coach of Kawashima’s, shared that the teenager was “a good guy who wanted to see people happy and successful.”
  • Kawashima was also a baseball player for the California Warriors, according to KTVU. Kobi Allen, another former coach of Kawashima’s, said that he was “a team-first kid, humble and hard-working. He never complained, and whenever he stepped out on the mound, he gave it his all.”

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