Investigation underway in apparent Tahoe drowning

MEEKS BAY, Calif. — A 21-year-old man likely drowned this weekend in Lake Tahoe off the southwest shore, officials said.

Authorities were notified 11:35 a.m. Saturday “of an apparent drowning” in the water east of Meeks Bay.

“The reporting party had found an unresponsive man in the water with an unoccupied personal watercraft drifting nearby,” according to El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Jim Byers. “The reporting party was transporting the victim to the Cave Rock boat ramp for medical treatment.”

El Dorado County officials immediately launched an investigation, officials said, and not long after the man was pronounced dead by paramedics at the Cave Rock boat ramp — located across the lake on the East Shore.

“At this time there is an active accident investigation to determine if the operation of the personal watercraft was the cause of the man’s death,” officials said Monday.

As of Tuesday, the man’s name had yet to be released, pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call EDSO at 530-621-6600.


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