Concord Man Drowns at Lake Berryessa

May 19, 2014 12:41 pm · 105 comments

A Concord man apparently drowned Sunday after he jumped from a rock into the water at Lake Berryessa, a Napa County sheriff’s captain said today.

Edward Pinelli, 27, was camping with friends at the lake when the group went swimming around 3:30 p.m. in the area of Pope Creek Bridge, sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike said.

Pinelli jumped from a large rock into water that was 30-35 feet deep and never resurfaced, Pike said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded and called the sheriff’s office’s Marine Unit, while a California Highway Patrol helicopter also flew over the area, Pike said.

The sheriff’s dive team recovered Pinelli’s body around 7 p.m. in the area where he was last seen, Pike said.

On holidays, a boom is installed at the lake to lower the water level and prevent boats from reaching the popular Pope Creek Bridge area, Pike said.

The boom was not yet installed Sunday in advance of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, Pike said.

The sheriff’s office is reminding visitors to the lake that it isn’t safe to jump from a rock or bridge because of unseen rock outcroppings.

Pinelli’s death was the first drowning at the lake this season, Pike said.

101 Janet May 22, 2014 at 6:52 PM

The idea that of all people, Eddie wanted to change should serve as an inspiration to us all because if he could try to do it, ANYONE can. My hope is that as his daughter grows up she will only hear the good stories and people will be humane enough to leave all the bad, disturbing stories away from her. Maybe she can grow up believing she had a great dad and her mom can demonstrate good judgment by only allowing emotionally stable, non violent, non criminal males in her life. She’s so young and she may be able to have a stable father figure to help raise her. I imagine the neighborhood and the Concord Police would have enjoyed seeing a new and improved Eddie and it’s unfortunate he wasn’t around long enough to show to provide that gift to them. I imagine most people who dealt with the very scary side of him would not have believed he ever could have changed after such a prolonged pattern of deeply concerning behavior and it would have been nice to have seen them all proven wrong. Now we’ll never know.

102 OFFICER May 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

He was only out of San Quentin a couple of weeks…

103 Annji May 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Rest in peace Eddie p. My heart hurts for his fam. I still can’t believe this is true. I’m sorry to his family that has to read such negative things that people put on here. I get it, u either loved him or hated him. To those who hated him YOU DONT F$@#IN MATTER. say what u will but for those who loved him knew he was truly a great person. Who hasn’t made bad choices? Doesn’t give anyone the right to bash him. Eddie was no saint n if he was Still here he’d be the first to tell u. So to all the people being incredibly rude … u should be ashamed. Now is not not the time to give ur negative opinion
regardless if ur entitled to it. There is a mother without her son a brother
without his brother and most heartbreaking a daughter without her daddy.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. U will be forever missed Eddie

his brother n most heartbreaking a lil girl without her daddy. Have some damn respect people. This world would be a better place without all the negative BS. That is all! My thoughts and prayers are with the pinelli

104 let's be real May 26, 2014 at 6:44 AM

I know for a fact that he was a real asshole his whole life-he was a wannabe thug who liked to terrorize people with all his little wannabe thug buddies. He was NOT turning his life around, he died being the same asshole he always was. I wonder if they mail those Darwin Awards out, or if you have to pick them up somewhere…?

105 Annalisa May 29, 2014 at 8:57 PM

To – Let’s be real……..what a cruel thing to say….you didn’t know the Eddie I knew for 20 years….if you can’t write nicely about him….just shut up and keep you opinions to yourself… and friends read this!

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