Diver dies while exploring SS Tahoe; reason for his emergency ascent unknown
GLENBROOK, Nev. – A 63-year-old diver passed away on Labor Day due to an unexplained scuba diving accident in Lake Tahoe.
On Sept. 5 crews from Douglas County Sheriff’s Marine 7, Washoe County Sheriff’s Marine 9 and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol vessel responded to a distress call for a scuba diver near Glenbrook Bay.
Washoe County Sheriff officials found the man on the diving boat being given CPR. The unidentified man was taken to the Glenbrook Pier where Tahoe Douglas Fire Department paramedics attempted to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead soon after.
According to officials at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the man was diving with two friends at the wreckage of the SS Tahoe, in roughly 350 feet of water. All three were apparently experienced divers and had done a similar dive at the SS Tahoe the day before. However, on Monday the victim made an emergency ascent to the surface, and was unconscious by the time he breached the surface.
An investigation is still underway, and the name of the diver has not yet been released.
The SS Tahoe is a 169-foot steamship that operated in Lake Tahoe towards the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century. The ship was scuttled in 1940.