UPDATE: Truckee man who died at Stampede Reservoir identified
UPDATE 3 p.m. Monday:
A 72-year-old Truckee man died after falling through broken ice while skating over the weekend at Stampede Reservoir, authorities said.
The body of William Smallfield, 72, was recovered Sunday morning with the assistance of both Washoe County Hasty Team and the Placer County Dive Team, authorities said.
“We offer our sincere condolences to Mr. Smallfield’s family and friends,” the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Smallfield was one of a handful of people on Saturday to fall through the ice. All others escaped.
CareFlight and CHP helicopters assisted with transporting personnel to the incident scene, as well as patient care of five people who were able to remove themselves from the icy water.
It is unknown exactly how many were at the lake that day, according to Laura Brown, Truckee Fire District public information officer.
“Five of them were able to self rescue out of the water, one of them was transported to the hospital by Careflight helicopter for a shoulder injury,” Brown said.
Other agencies that responded included the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire, the state Department of Fish and Game, and the Olympic Valley Fire Department.
Truckee Fire in a release urged everyone to stay off the ice on area lakes due to the improbability of safety and stability of the ice with the recent warmer temperatures.
Elizabeth White is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE at 7:13 a.m. Monday
From Sierra County Sheriff’s Office:
**UPDATED** Press Release: Stampede Reservoir Recovery Operation
Late Sunday morning, Saturday’s drowning victim was recovered from Stampede Reservoir by Washoe County Hasty Team and Placer County Dive Team members.
The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office extends our sincere condolences to the victim’s family.
We would also like to recognize the outstanding efforts of our mutual aid partners who assisted in this recovery operation: Washoe County Hasty Team and Placer County Dive Team.
Truckee Fire was requested by Sierra County Sheriff Office to a report of multiple people through the ice while ice skating at Stampede Meadows Reservoir on Saturday. CareFlight and CHP helicopters assisted with transporting personnel to the incident scene as well as patient care of five people who were able to remove themselves from the icy water.
The Washoe County Sheriff Hasty Team responded their dive team and ROV. They will be working with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Incident Commander to locate at least one missing person. Other responded agencies included Placer County Sheriff Office, USFS, Cal Fire NEU, Department or Fish and Game and Olympic Valley Fire Department.
We urge everyone to stay off the ice on area lakes. It is impossible to know the safety and stability of the ice, especially with the recent warmer temperatures.
Source: Truckee Fire Protection District
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