Name of Wakeboarder Killed in Accident Released

Ruth Lake Trinity CO SheriffPress release from The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 2, 2017 at approximately 5:50pm the Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive male being brought to the Ruth Rec Dock via boat. Deputies arrived on scene and located John William Vayo of Arcata [age 38] unresponsive and not breathing. Lifesaving efforts were conducted, however, they were unsuccessful and Vayo was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Witnesses stated Vayo was wake boarding at the time of the incident and was unresponsive when pulled from the water.

This incident is under investigation by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier Chapter: One Deceased After Wake Boarding Accident



  • Michelle Steele

    Prayers to his family and friends. So sad that so many people are passing on lately from car accidents, drowning, being Murdered ect, ect. I wish just for once in my Life that this stuff would all just disappear. So many lives cut way to short way to soon. R.I.P. whoever you are.

  • Was this a boating accident or a wakeboard accident?

  • It’s always possible he had a heart attack or other medical event. Other wise I’d guess he hit his head? What a tragedy, but he passed away doing something in that he loved.

  • John was a good man and an amazing father to our son. He will be missed.

    • My heart breaks for you and Aidan tanya. I am sending all of my love and prayers for moments of strength in the process of this tragedy

    • Brenda C Murray

      Tanya, I am so sorry! Thoughts and prayers for you, Aiden, Diane and rest of the family! We are so sad for you!!

    • Hi Tanya this is Chloe and Samson’s ‘other mom’ if there any information on the funeral?

  • John was a great person.
    A genuine, kind man. We will all miss him. Prayers for the family that John left behind, may you be comforted by the support and love of the community John served.

  • My prayers for the family, and thank you to the volunteers at Southern Trinity Area Rescue for being there for the community.

  • I know hearts are heavy and lost. Prayers to you and your family.

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