Nine people rescued after boat capsizes on Lake Tahoe |

Nine people rescued after boat capsizes on Lake Tahoe

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Boaters and emergency crews combined to rescue nine people whose boat capsized Saturday afternoon off Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, officials said.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office boat unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded at about 2 p.m. Saturday to a report of a vessel taking on water near Dollar Point, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

El Dorado arrived at approximately 2:13 p.m. and found six people in the water clinging to the hull of the overturned boat. A sailboat that made the distress call was able to rescue three victims from the water, but struggled against heavy winds with the remaining victims, according to the press release.

Sheriff’s deputies pulled two victims from the water, while the Coast Guard pulled the other four. All victims were transported to a public dock on the North Shore, and paramedics transported them to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia.

Lake Tahoe’s water temperature has hovered around 49 degrees the past few days, according to measurements from the Coast Guard pier at Tahoe City.

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