Deets Winslow killed in boating accident


Former longtime Sonoma Valley High School wrestling coach Roger “Deets” Winslow, 47, of Glen Ellen, died in a boating accident Saturday evening at Lake Berryessa in Napa County.

Lt. Pete Berg, with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department, said they received a call at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday that Winslow, who was piloting an “Eliminator-type boat” with two passengers in a portion of the lake known as “The Narrows,” was thrown from the boat because of either mechanical error or operator error.

“There was a significant amount of blood consistent with being hit by a propeller,” Berg said. “He didn’t resurface.”

Because of the hour, the Napa Valley dive team didn’t attempt to recover the body until Sunday.

The accident occurred in one of the deepest sections of the lake – 80-to-170 feet deep. Berg said the department used an ROV, a Remote Operation Vehicle and searched until 2 p.m. Monday before they called off the search.

Berg said the department is seeking mutual aid from Santa Clara County that has remote equipment that can dive deeper.

  • Edward Perry Benbow IV

    Such a horrible tragedy. Words can’t describe the heartbreak and shock felt throughout the entire community. So many people impacted by the loss of this amazing man, but mostly I feel sadness, concern, and compassion for his family that he loved more than anything. He gave so much to so many, and he will be missed by all of us, but our hearts go out to his wife and kids, father and brother, mother, sister, and all the rest. Rest in peace, old friend. When you step onto that Big Scale in the Sky, I know you’ll make weight. Lord knows you put in the work, and you’ll always be a champion to me.

    • puff n tuff

      well said Tedley! well said.