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South Lake Tahoe man dies in apparent drowning

Charles Sizemore
Sun News Service
Jonah M. Kessel/Sun News Service Fire and rescue personnel stand at the end of Timber Cover Pier Tuesday night after a call came in of a possible drowning.
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A 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was pronounced dead Tuesday night after he was pulled from Lake Tahoe near Timber Cove Pier, South Lake Tahoe Police said.

Police and witnesses said the man, whose name had not been released as of press time, had been swimming toward a boat off the pier when he went under the water at about 8 p.m.

Rescue personnel pulled the man from the water and conducted resuscitation efforts. He was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Parker.

A group of children said they saw the man go under the water and not come back up. The children then called the police.

Eduardo Lizaola, 16, and his brother Daniel, 9, walked to the end of the Timber Cove pier where they discovered some beer. They then heard some growling, and looked out to see a man swimming toward a boat. Eduardo said he saw the man using the boat to pull himself out of the water several times, before he went down flapping his arms and never came up.

“I thought he was going to come up, but he didn’t,” said Brian Ortega, 15, a friend of the Lizaola’s who also witnessed the incident.

South Lake Tahoe fire and rescue personnel responded to the call, using the department’s Marine 17 boat. Once the boat arrived, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department engineer Rob Hembree of was able to pull the man out of the water.