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May 22, 2012
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Man, 28, dead after Lake Tahoe skydiving incident

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A South Lake Tahoe man was killed Tuesday morning during a skydiving accident between Pope Beach and Camp Richardson.

Searchers located the body of Robert Ranieri, 28, in about 15 feet of water about 10:45 a.m., according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Ranieri was part of a group of three skydivers who rented a flight on a helicopter and planned to land near Camp Richardson, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

For unknown reasons, at least two members of the group were unable to make the intended drop zone.

“Something didn’t go right and they didn’t make it to the beach,” said Lt. Pete Van Arnum. The group’s parachutes deployed, Van Arnum added.

At least two of the skydivers landed in Lake Tahoe. Dispatchers started receiving calls about skydivers in distress about 8:45 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

The two skydivers declined to comment on the incident Tuesday morning.

Numerous agencies participated in the attempted rescue, including the U.S. Coast Guard, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, California Department of Fish and Game, CALSTAR, California Highway Patrol Air and personnel from Naval Air Station Fallon.

An autopsy for Ranieri is planned Wednesday, Van Arnum said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the accident.

—-Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter Dylan Silver contributed to this story.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 22, 2012 09:41PM Published May 22, 2012 01:14PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.