Lexington Drowning Canoe Victims ID'd, Two Brothers

Four people were in a canoe when it capsized

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Marianne Favro reports on a family's tragedy that began as a Sunday outing in the South Bay. (Published Monday, May 6, 2013)

    The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office on Monday  identified the two people who drowned this weekend as two brothers: A  35-year-old Scotts Valley man and a 30-year-old Aptos man, who were out in their family boat with two other siblings.

    Deputy Kurtis Stenderup said Nicholas Nell and Raymond Nell had been canoeing with the Los Gatos Rowing Club - with their younger sister and younger brother - when their boat capsized Sunday just after 1 p.m., 200 feet off the shore of the reservoir.

    The 16-year-old sister and her 25-year-old brother were able to get back to shore, Stenderup said. He did not know whether the two older brothers could swim.

    But the older brothers were not able to make it back. Winds that day were gusting up to 35 mph.

    No foul play is suspected but the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

    None of the siblings in the canoe were wearing life vests, Stenderup said, which is required.

    All four people were from the same family, and are "very distraught," Stenderup said.