Body recovered from Lake Tahoe |

Body recovered from Lake Tahoe

The body of a Nevada man was recovered Monday about 118 feet below the surface of Lake Tahoe by search-and- rescue crews who combed a shoreline area off the Rubicon Trail.State park authorities said Earl Douglas Queen, 39, of Stateline, Nev., had swung from a rope tied to a tree on a steep ledge at 3:15 p.m. Sunday when he fell 50 feet into the lake just below the Lighthouse Trail. A sign posted at its trailhead states no diving. Ropes are routinely taken down, Parks Superintendent Hayden Sohm said.Parks personnel said the victim’s friends had asked where some rope swings could be located and were told that practice is discouraged. But Queen was not with them at the time.Sohm reported the victim had not hit a rock, but did fall off shore on his side.It was not a clean entry, Sohm said, noting possibly internal injuries.A diving team had found Queen’s body in the morning at a yellow marker planted in a deep area marked by dark blue water. Marine units with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, California State Parks and the U.S. Coast Guard worked the case. An officer at the latter agency said eyewitnesses had taken the authorities to the spot.Queen’s body was pulled from the lake at 3:52 p.m. The death is the seventh for Lake Tahoe this year, more than three times the average of two fatalities each year.

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