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Man dies in Upper Angora Lake

It may have happened again this weekend.

A Danville man could possibly be the fourth drowning victim at the Lake Tahoe Basin in less than two weeks and perhaps the seventh this year.

Robert Eric McGredy died on Saturday at Upper Angora Lake, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department reported. He was 50.



According to the U.S. Coast Guard, drownings average about two a year on Lake Tahoe and happen less in the nearby lakes.

McGredy, a high-technology entrepreneur, was apparently swimming from the shore to a rock outcropping when witnesses said his body appeared to weaken and he was unable to keep a steady course.



Onlookers lost sight of McGredy, who slipped beneath the water’s surface.

Another swimmer and family members came to his aid on a rock, but lifesaving efforts didn’t revive him.

The authorities and management of the Angora Lakes Resort don’t know if and why McGredy may have drowned.

“His wife said he was a strong swimmer,” said Gloria Hildinger, who runs the resort.

McGredy’s wife, Sally — a swim coach at San Ramon Valley High, doesn’t believe her husband drowned.

“He didn’t drown because I was blowing air into his lungs,” she told the Contra Costa Times.

When McGredy offered to perform CPR, she didn’t realize it would be on her husband.

An autopsy is planned for Monday. Services are pending the release of McGredy’s body.

McGredy is described as a family man with five children. His journey to California started in Los Banos and ended up San Francisco, Clayton and Concord before settling in Danville. His family said he was active in the Bay Area community.

McGredy opened Media Net Link in 1994. The company, which employs 30 people, builds Web pages for businesses.

The two Angora Lakes bring out hundreds of swimmers and cliff divers. The water is cold but not debilitating like Lake Tahoe.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Stroot pondered whether the victim may have had a heart condition or a fatal reaction to altitude. Autopsy results may give a clearer picture, Stroot added.

The Hildingers could only recall one drowning in recent years at Angora. There have been two deaths caused by people diving off the rocks.

Their Angora Lakes Resort policy dictates visitors swim at their own risk. The Hildingers plan to take no extra measures in light of this weekend’s death.

The three drownings in the last two weeks involved swimmers and boaters, one of whom were wearing life jackets.

— Contra Costa Times Reporter Liz Tascio contributed to this story.


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