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Local drowns in weekend West Shore boat mishap

Joanna HartmanSierra Sun

A man drowned Sunday evening after he and a friend fell from a rowboat off Lake Tahoes West Shore.Tahoe City residents John Wayne Urman, 35, and Laura Penna, 48, borrowed an 8-foot WalkerBay rowboat that likely capsized as they were switching operators off the shore from Sunnyside, according to Placer Lt. John Savage. Penna successfully swam to shore and stopped at a residence to make a 9-1-1 call reporting that Urman was still in the water and had sunk below the surface, according to Placer sheriffs reports.Placer sheriffs department, North Tahoe Fire and U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel responded to the incident and located Urman on the bottom of the lake in about 7 feet of water.Both Urman and Penna were transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital in separate ambulances where Urman was later pronounced dead.They were far enough off [shore], combined with water temperatures of course, preliminarily it looks like he was unable to continue swimming, Savage said.The water was 43 degrees where the Coast Guard found Urman 7.3 feet deep.Neither Urman or Penna were wearing life jackets and there were no personal flotation devices aboard the watercraft, according to Placer sheriffs reports.Further reports will determine if drugs and alcohol were a factor.Placer sheriffs advise exercising extreme caution in these late winter and early spring months when choosing to go out on Lake Tahoe. They recommend against using personal watercrafts at this point in the season.


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