A 34-year-old San Mateo County Correctional Officer has been identified as the victim in Tuesday’s drowning at Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe reports South Tahoe Now.
“It is with great sadness we announce the death of Correctional Officer Andreiam Jeffrey “AJ” Arqueza. AJ passed yesterday afternoon in a drowning accident while enjoying days off with friends in the Lake Tahoe area,” said the San Mateo County Code 30 Foundation on a Facebook post.
AJ had been pulled from the water at the north end of Zephyr Cove and bystanders, including a nurse, attempted to revive him with CPR. Deputies took over until paramedics arrived and all life-saving measures continued during the transport to Barton Memorial Hospital. A DCSO vehicle led the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
According to TDFPD Fire Marshal Eric Guevin, paramedics responded to the same beach a week ago where a man swimming with friends was unresponsive and pulled to the shore. The friends were able to revive him with CPR and the near-drowning victim refused transport to the hospital.