Boating accident victim from Stateline: Second person remains in fair condition
INCLINE VILLAGE – Raymond Anthony Bernadoni, 43, remained in fair condition Monday after he was involved in a boating accident last week near Sand Harbor that took the life of his boating partner. Bernadoni, of Concord. Calif., was anticipated to be the boat’s passenger. He was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center Friday morning with serious injuries and remains at the hospital.
The boat’s driver, Jasper Kelley, 23, of Stateline, was discovered submerged in shallow waters just north of Sand Harbor Friday morning.
A toxicology report has not yet been completed and the cause of death is still unknown. Local law enforcement officials speculated Kelley drowned after being thrown from the moving boat as it ran up on shoreline rocks sometime after midnight on Friday.
Officials said the boat’s trailer was stored in an alley near an Incline home.
While on early morning patrol along State Route 28, Washoe County Sheriff’s deputy Eric Fredrickson noticed a 20-plus-foot cabin cruiser crashed up on the rocks just north of Sand Harbor.
Once on scene, Fredrickson discovered Bernadoni injured inside the boat, which was reportedly launched from a pier in Incline sometime late Thursday night.
The boat, mired on rocks almost completely out of the water, appeared to hit the shoreline at a high speed, officials said. The boat was not equipped with night running lights.
Fredrickson immediately notified water rescue teams from the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District who arrived on scene via jet ski.
Kelley was discovered 15 feet from the crash site 8 feet below the lake’s surface and pronounced dead at the scene.
“(Bernadoni) inside the boat was slipping in and out of consciousness when rescuers found him,” said Washoe County Sheriff’s sergeant Russ Peterson, who oversees the county’s Search and Rescue operations. “He immediately told the rescuers to look for the driver, who they found underwater near the boat.”
Search and Rescue officials said the accident occurred around midnight Thursday and Bernadoni was unable to move or call for help during the night.