A young McKinleyville man is dead after striking his head on a house boat and falling into the water.
19-year-old Jaren Bettendorf was house boating with seven adults on Trinity Lake South of Cedar Stock Marina on Friday.
Early Saturday morning around 1:30am Bettendorf woke up to use the restroom after falling asleep on the roof of the house boat.
Officials say it appears Bettendorf fell fell from the roof of the boat, hit his head, and fell into the water.
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue Team arrived shortly before 4:00am and recovered Bettendorf's body from the water.
Details about the incident are still under investigation. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor.