Man missing after boating accident
September 18, 2005
Rescuers could not locate the body of a 24-year-old Roseville man who went missing in 700 feet of water in Lake Tahoe Saturday afternoon. A four-hour search involved multiple law enforcement and rescue agencies.
Friends told police the man had been riding behind their boat on a towed water toy when he went into the water.
A 911 call was made, but the man had disappeared below the surface of the lake before the U.S. Coast Guard arrived, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. The incident occurred about a mile north of Ski Run Marina.
The circumstances of the accident, and questions about whether the man was wearing a life vest, are still under investigation, said Officer Schyler Beaty. Witnesses initially told authorities the man was wearing a life vest, said Mike Faivre, petty officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, who was on the scene.
There were no indications alcohol was involved, Beaty said.
The water temperature stood at 62 degrees Saturday, and the air temperature at 57 degrees. Rescue personnel called off the search after four hours, determining through “survivability models” that the man was likely not recoverable, Faivre said.
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The dive teams were not able to search for the body where it disappeared because of the water’s depth of 700 feet, Faivre said.
Also on the scene were South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, El Dorado and Placer County sheriff’s departments and dive teams, H2O Vessel Assist, and the CALSTAR 6 non-profit helicopter, which performed a grid search from the air.
Police withheld the man’s name pending notification of next of kin.