Lake Tahoe tuber sustains ‘serious’ injuries from boat propellers; transported to Reno for medical treatment |

Lake Tahoe tuber sustains ‘serious’ injuries from boat propellers; transported to Reno for medical treatment

Compiled by Claire Cudahy

A 22-year-old female sustained injuries in Lake Tahoe when her legs were caught in a boat’s twin propellers on Sunday, July 24, according to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office release.

The boat was pulling the woman in a tube, and upon attempting to climb back into the boat, her legs became caught in the propellers.

“The information about the location was conflicting and significantly delayed first responders,” according to the news release. “After about 40 minutes, deputies arrived and jumped into the water to free the tuber from the propellers. The victim was unconscious.”

South Lake Tahoe Police transported the woman to a waiting Medivac, which flew her to a hospital in Reno, Nevada. Her condition was reported as “serious.”

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit is currently investigation the accident. No updates on the condition of the woman have been provided.


A security officer at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino in Stateline was struck on the head with what he believes was a glass bottle by an “extremely intoxicated” female outside of the casino on July 24, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report.

The security officer was escorting the female and her male companion out of Harrah’s after they had been asked to leave the California Bar. While the security officer was speaking with the man, the woman hit him on the left side of his forehead, causing him to bleed, according to the arresting officer. Broken glass was reportedly seen on the ground afterward.

Another customer from Harrah’s later came forward to report that the same female had “grabbed her by her hair and began punching her in the face,” Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The alleged assailant was arrested for two counts of battery and obstructing an officer. She was transported to Douglas County Jail in Stateline for booking.


A number of search-and-rescue missions for hikers were initiated this past week, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reported.

On July 24, a 75-year-old female hiker was attended to for an “illness” on the Rubicon Trail in D.L. Bliss State Park. That same day, a search-and-rescue team was sent out to find a stranded hiker on the Mount Tallac trail.

A 62-year-old climber sustained injuries to his legs after a fall at the popular climbing destination Lover’s Leap in Twin Bridges, on Saturday, July 23. He was transported to a hospital by first responders. Another search-and-rescue mission was initiated that day for an injured hiker on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

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