Authorities still trying to locate Lake Tahoe drowning victim’s next of kin |

Authorities still trying to locate Lake Tahoe drowning victim’s next of kin

First responders in South Lake Tahoe will hold an exercise next week.

The identity of a man who drowned in Lake Tahoe Saturday has yet to be released because authorities are still attempting to locate the man’s next of kin.

The 27-year-old man drowned following a tubing incident in Rubicon Bay Saturday, July 20. According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, he was not wearing a life jacket when the incident occurred.

Officials are still trying to contact next of kin before releasing his identity. Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Prencipe said the man was from outside of the country.

It is unknown if alcohol or other drugs were involved in the incident.

State law requires every child under 13 years of age on a moving recreational vessel of any length to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

“It’s definitely a smart thing to do,” said Prencipe.

According to Coast Guard reports, nearly 5,000 boating accidents each year in the United States, causing approximately 700 deaths, 3,000 injuries and $36 million in damage.

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