South Lake Tahoe, CA Resident Drowns After Falling Through Thin Ice on Lake

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David Schmidt, 39

A man from the South Lake Tahoe area drowned on Thanksgiving day after falling through the ice at Lake Baron, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reports.

David Schmidt, 39, was walking three dogs around noon Thursday, Nov. 28, at the lake. It appears he fell through thin ice, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

Dispatched officers found cold-weather clothing in the lake in the area where it was believed Schmidt had fallen in, said the press release. A search involving a dive team, boat team, fire crews, and search and rescue teams searched into the evening, and the following day.

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Crews searching the water. Credit: Tahoe Daily Tribune

An advanced remote operated vehicle, operated by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, located and recovered Schmidt’s body.

The Sheriff’s Office said there were no signs of foul play and it appears it was a tragic accident.  All three dogs were ok and taken to the nearest veterinarian.

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