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Man drowns in pond at Lahontan

ABHUTCHISON, Sierra Sun

A 24-year-old male Lahontan Golf Club employee who could not swim drowned Sunday morning, while cleaning debris from a golf course pond.

According to a Nevada County Sheriff Deputies’ report, Ramiro Ramirez-Maya, of Truckee, was in the process of retrieving dead fish from the 12th hole boathouse pond, when he apparently stepped into a deep hole and disappeared under the water.

According to NCSO Capt. Gary Jacobson, Ramirez-Maya was part of a greenskeeping crew working near the pond that morning. Crew members apparently saw Ramirez-Maya struggling in the water but were unable to assist the victim because they did not know how to swim either. The sheriff’s report, which was filed by NCSO Deputy Mike Jewell, stated that one female witness was in the boathouse restroom when she heard yelling from the maintenance crew at the pond’s edge.

“[The witness] ran to the scene and jumped into the water to rescue the decedent, as no other witnesses could swim. She directed others to call 9-1-1,” Jewell reported. She stayed in the water approximately 10-15 minutes searching for the victim before she found the body in approximately 8-10 feet of water. The victim was pulled to shore, where CPR started immediately.

Truckee Fire Protection District paramedics arrived on the scene soon after the body was pulled to shore and took over paramedic procedures. Ramirez-Maya was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before 10 a.m.

Lahontan Golf Club personnel, who did not return phone calls for further comment before presstime, issued a press release on Monday, which stated Ramirez-Maya was “in the process of cleaning debris from the lake when he apparently lost his footing and slipped into deeper water.”

The press release stated that Lahontan conducted grief-counseling services for employees.

NCSO is handling the coroner’s investigation.

Ramirez-Maya also worked as a dishwasher at Andy’s Diner. Tony Vokel, one of the diner’s owners, said Ramirez-Maya was an excellent worker who will be greatly missed.

“He was an excellent guy who was always there for you,” Vokel said. “He was a great kid that would do anything for you.”

Ramirez-Maya had lived in Truckee for six months, coming from Michoacan, Mexico to join family. A Rosary was held yesterday at the Assumption Catholic Church. A funeral mass is scheduled for today, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee.


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