Local woman’s death was sixth this year on lake
While the cause was being investigated, Debra Lynn Wilson’s death on Lake Tahoe on Monday night represents the sixth one this year – three times the yearly average and six times that of 2005 when only one was recorded on Sept. 17, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Tuesday.
“These numbers fluctuate. There’s nothing you can point your finger to,” said Officer Mike Faivre.
The majority of deaths involve drownings, as the water in the lake is colder than it looks, Faivre indicated.
The average temperature 1 1/2 meters down from the surface was recorded at 67 degrees on Tuesday, according to UC Davis buoy readings.
“What people have to realize is when the body goes into the water the natural tendency is to inhale and (gasp). If you go in wrong, you could take in water,” he said.
Wilson’s death is being investigated. As of Tuesday afternoon, no cause had been determined, South Lake Tahoe police reported.
Lake Tahoe deaths in 2006
June 2: Boat versus rock at Sand Harbor;
July 11: Person drowned at Baldwin Beach;
July 22: Two men died at Zephyr Cove;
July 24: Boat drifted from occupant at Camp Richardson;
Aug. 21: Debra Wilson died in an apparent personal watercraft accident near the channel of Lighthouse Shores.