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3 people nearly hypothermic saved after crashing Jet Ski into Lake Tahoe

Staff report

STATELINE, Nev. — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office Marine 7 received its first call not long after its maiden voyage for the 2016 season.

On Monday at 1:30 p.m., Marine 7 was on routine patrol and noticed a Jet Ski stopped about a 1/8 of a mile off the shore of Nevada Beach, near Lake Tahoe's South Shore, officials said.

When they approached the Jet Ski, they heard a shout for help from a man in the water.

The sheriff's deputies found three men ranging in age from 13 to 31 years who had crashed their Jet Ski, and lost the key.

All three were nearly hypothermic, and the 13-year-old complained of neck pain from the crash.

The occupants of the Jet Ski were taken by Marine 7 to the Ski Run Marina where they were treated by South Lake Tahoe Paramedics and transported to Barton Memorial Hospital.

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All three were wearing personal flotation devices and it was determined that they had been in the water for about 25 minutes. Marine 7 towed the disabled Jet Ski.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants to remind the public it is imperative to wear a personal flotation device when in a boat, kayak or Jet Ski on Lake Tahoe.