Summer, lakes and rivers can be dangerous mix
A probable drowning and two river rescues in Nevada County provided a scary reminder this week of the dangers of early summer water.Divers continued searching Tuesday for a Reno teenager who fell from a boat at Boca Reservoir near Truckee on Sunday. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, apparently fell when a wave hit the boat at 11:40 a.m., just minutes before an earthquake shook the area, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies reported.Emergency crews began calling their efforts a “recovery” rather than a rescue at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, according to dispatchers’ logs. The boy was not wearing a life jacket.On the south fork of the Yuba River in western Nevada County, two young women were swept away Sunday by the strong current. At 1 p.m., Tiana Bisnar, 17, and her friend Mira Mieke were swimming about 400 feet east of the Highway 49 bridge north of Nevada City. The two girls had hiked upstream past several rapids to a shallow, calm spot where they climbed into the water. Bisnar said she was then caught in a current and sucked downstream. She hit her head, and she wasn’t sure exactly what happened.”I ended up at the other side (of the river), after both bridges,” Bisnar said. She was swept more than 400 feet and rescued by a man near the river. Bisnar had ingested a lot of water and was taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, said Larry Clark, a supervising park ranger.”I’m fine, I’m completely fine. I know what I walked past,” Bisnar said.”The doctor said she was really lucky,” her sister, Kaia Bisnar, said. “If that man hadn’t pulled her out than she wouldn’t be here today.”Tiana advised others to avoid “enormous chances.” “You have to respect water because it’s so much stronger than you think and it’s definitely more powerful than (you or I),” she said.Nearly four hours later, another woman was swept away by the current upstream of the Highway 49 bridge.Stacy Martinez, 28, of Vallejo was swimming at 4:45 p.m. when she was caught in fast-moving water and rushed about 100 feet downstream, Clark said.She grabbed onto a rock and managed to cling to it until Ranger Robert Coyan was able to come to her rescue. Coyan threw a rope to her and was able to pull her to shore. She did not seek medical treatment, Clark said.Clark advised river visitors to be careful and stay out of fast-moving water.”The water looks very inviting … but it’s colder than you expect,” Clark said. “The river can bash you up against a rock real easy.”
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