Rescue crews searching for man after his canoe capsized Monday in Donner Lake |

Rescue crews searching for man after his canoe capsized Monday in Donner Lake

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Emergency crews are searching the Donner Lake area for a 24-year-old Truckee man who’s been missing since his canoe capsized early Monday evening, an official has confirmed.

Truckee Police Department Capt. Randy Fenn said the department received a 911 call at 6:26 p.m. Monday from a 19-year-old Truckee female, who said the canoe she and the man were in had capsized. The woman reportedly was able to swim to Donner Lake’s shore, but had lost sight of the 24-year-old man.

By 7:30 p.m. a Truckee Police Department rescue boat was in the water, Fenn said from the scene Tuesday morning, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter aided in the night search with a forward looking infrared device.

Agencies called off the search at 9:30 p.m., with surface temperatures at Donner Lake at 39 degrees, Fenn said. The canoe and several items of clothing drifted to shore.

Truckee Police and the Truckee Fire Protection District picked up the search at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Fenn said, with assistance from the Nevada and Placer County Sheriff’s offices, Nevada County Search and Rescue, CHP and State Parks.

Presently, three rescue boats are patrolling Donner Lake, with the CHP helicopter performing an aerial search.

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