Authorities have located the body of a California man who jumped from a boat into Lake Tahoe Saturday and never resurfaced, reports the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Law enforcement is withholding the man’s name until next of kin is notified.
Police were initially dispatched to an area off the shore in Stateline at 11:58 am Saturday, according to the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. A 21-year-old man had reportedly jumped off a boat near the beach and did not resurface. After several hours of searching officers suspended the search due to unsafe conditions.
Various agencies returned at 8 am Sunday to continue the search. After several hours, a cadaver dog aboard one of the search boats helped pinpoint a location where dive teams located the man’s body. The search involved specialized resources, including 11 search and rescue divers.
Responding agencies included the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Department, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Unfortunately, deaths in Lake Tahoe are not uncommon and are often due to cold water shock and not hypothermia. Authorities recommend always wearing a life-jacket when in and around the Lake.