Sand Harbor drowning victim identified as Jose Partida of Sparks, Nevada |

Sand Harbor drowning victim identified as Jose Partida of Sparks, Nevada

Amanda Rhoades

Authorities have identified the man who drowned Saturday, July 29, while swimming at Sand Harbor.

Jose Partida, 27, from Sparks, Nev., has been identified by the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office as the drowning victim.

“His cause of death was accidental drowning,” said Justin Norton, an administrative assistant in the examiner’s office.

The exam was conducted on July 31. Norton said the report listed no signs of cold water shock.

“It could be a factor, it could not be a factor,” he said. “There’s just nothing that would indicate that situation.”

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Harmon told the Sun that deputies responded to a call around 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, of a man in his late 20s that was drowning and in need of assistance.

He said that Sand Harbor lifeguards were able to pull the man out of the water relatively quickly, and the man was transported to an Incline Village hospital where he was declared deceased.

“As far as we’re concerned, at this point it appears to be accidental,” Harmon told the Bonanza.

Nevada Department of Wildlife Boating Safety spokesman Edwin Lyngar said in an email that the victim succumbed very quickly, but the exact cause is unknown.

“Without full details of the final investigation, it’s impossible to know exactly what caused this drowning, but from my years of experience in water safety, I very much suspect cold water was a factor,” Lyngar said.

Officials in both California and Nevada have been urging people to exercise caution and to use lifejackets while swimming and boating in Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River, following the region’s record-breaking winter and recent trends in the occurance of cold water shock.

Amanda Rhoades is a news, environment and business reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at or 530-550-2653. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @akrhoades.

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