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December 11, 2012
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Washoe officials help save kayakers lost at Stampede Reservoir

TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is being credited with saving the lives of two missing kayakers at Stampede Reservoir late Monday night, officials said Tuesday.

WCSO RAVEN Flight Crew, Search and Rescue and HASTY Team members responded at the request of the Sierra County Sheriff's Office to help locate a man and wife who had been reported missing while kayaking at Monday at the reservoir near Truckee, according to a WCSO press release.

Crews located the man on the reservoir's north shore, and upon the RAVEN Flight Crew landing, he "immediately led Sheriff's crew members to the area where his wife was (lying)," according to the press release. "The female was instantaneously assessed and found to be extremely hypothermic due to having capsized her kayak."

Due to their condition, RAVEN crew members elected to transport the two to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, rather than wait for CareFlight or REMSA to arrive, according to WCSO.

After delivering the patients to Renown, the RAVEN crew returned to Stampede Reservoir to recover the HASTY Team members who remained behind due to weight considerations. The entire helicopter crew returned without incident.

The press release did not identify the kayakers.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 11, 2012 05:48PM Published Dec 11, 2012 05:39PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.