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Kayakers not wearing life jackets saved from drowning in Lake Tahoe

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two kayakers who overturned Wednesday afternoon near Incline Beach in Lake Tahoe were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan, officials said.

The kayakers were paddling near Incline Beach at approximately 3:20 p.m. when they both fell off their kayaks and were unable to get back on and drifted apart from each other.

A Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe boat crew launched and assisted the kayakers shortly after they were reported in the water.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Marine 7, Incline Battalion Fire Marine Rescue and South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s Marine 1 also responded.

Crew members aboard the Coast Guard response boat located the adult male and rescued him near Incline Beach, according to a news release.

The female kayaker was rescued by a local good Samaritan. Neither kayaker was wearing a life jacket. Both kayakers were reunited at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe Regency pier reportedly in stable condition.

“Life jackets greatly increase the chance of survival during maritime accidents, which can occur suddenly and without warning,” said Chief Petty Officer Daniel Polhemus, Officer-in-charge, Station Lake Tahoe. “The dispatched responders were able to immediately locate and rescue the persons in the water because of the excellent coordination between the local agencies.”


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