Man drowns at Kiva Beach |

Man drowns at Kiva Beach

A 19-year-old man from Fairfield died Tuesday afternoon from an apparent drowning in a couple feet of water at Kiva Beach, just north of Camp Richardson, authorities said.

William Matthew Lockwood was pronounced dead at Barton Memorial Hospital at 3:41 p.m., roughly an hour after emergency personnel received a report on the possible drowning.

“I’ve never seen CPR performed that long on somebody,” said Steve Parris, who worked at the nearby visitors’ booth.

The half-moon shaped Lake Tahoe beach was busy with children, artists drawing depictions of Mount Tallac and other beachgoers as attempts were made to save Lockwood’s life.

Matthew Wedin, a vocational nurse in Carson City, said he helped pull an unconscious Lockwood from about four feet of water in Taylor Creek and performed chest compressions as a female breathed air into Lockwood’s lungs.

Wedin said the pulse was faint if not gone when paramedics arrived. A CALSTAR helicopter landed at the beach but wasn’t loaded with the patient since Lockwood’s heart rate wouldn’t stabilize, said Brad Piazzo, acting battalion chief at South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.

El Dorado County sheriff’s Coroner Larry Olsen said an autopsy is pending. Olsen said Lockwood had some medical issues but would not elaborate.

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