Details unknown on near-fatal Truckee River fall from Fourth of July weekend
July 6, 2010
TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Details are sketchy from a Saturday, July 3, incident where a swimmer from Reno suffered near-fatal injuries after officials say he used a rope swing near the River Ranch off Highway 89 to jump into the Truckee River.
Dave Zaski, North Tahoe Fire Protection District public information officer, said the river’s low water levels led to the serious injuries. The younger male was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno via CareFlight helicopter.
and#8220;That was probably the worst incident for us,and#8221; Zaski said.
The Squaw Valley Fire Department also responded to the scene.
and#8220;I believe they (a group of swimmers) were on a rope swing and swinging into the river, and there wasn’t enough water to accommodate the diver,and#8221; said Squaw Valley Chief Pete Bansen.
Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said the incident took place at about 4:30 p.m. and estimated the victim fell from about a 40-foot drop onto a ridge of submerged rocks. Erwin said officers helped raise the victim’s head above water until medical crews arrived.
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Neither fire district nor the sheriff’s office could reveal more details as of press time Tuesday and#8212; including the swimmer’s name, age or current medical condition.
During the July 4 weekend in 2007, a similar incident occurred when a young man misjudged a rope swing entry into the river and hit his head on a rock, putting him in critical condition and requiring an airlift to Renown.
Bansen said other than the river incident and the rescue of an injured hiker near the Shirley Lake/Canyon area of Squaw, the region saw no other major incidents over the holiday weekend.
and#8220;The late kind of chilly spring was a big help,and#8221; Bansen said.