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Pair rescued after losing Waverunner

William Ferchland

Two people bobbing in Lake Tahoe for about 30 minutes after being swept away from their Waverunner were rescued Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

Rough waters and dark lifejackets helped conceal Troy Radke and Paz Swissa from being spotted by rescue boats, according to Bob Engler, a boat officer with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department.

Engler was unsure how the two young adults became separated from their watercraft and two friends on a different Waverunner. One of the friends on the Waverunner contacted a passing fishing boat, which relayed the information to authorities, Engler said.



An area around Rubicon Point and Cave Rock was the search area. The two were found late afternoon and taken to Camp Richardson where they were treated and released by paramedics, Engler said.

The danger of hypothermia prompted authorities to contact various boats and even summon a plane for assistance, Engler said.



“Once we had the info, it became critical that we find them within half an hour so we called everyone in the world,” he said.


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