Device aids in rescue of man drowning in Tahoe |

Device aids in rescue of man drowning in Tahoe

Staff Reports

A new device that provides mechanical compressions during CPR was used to save a drowning man in South Lake Tahoe last week.

The man was seen swimming near the boat docks on July 15 in the Tahoe Keys when witnesses saw he was having trouble and called 911.

Rescuers from the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department responded to the docks where they and Dan Schmidt from El Dorado County Search and Rescue saw the man go under. Rescuers dove in and swam down 10 feet, retrieving the man and pulling him into a boat.

Using an auto-pulse device they were able to revive the man while on the way to the hospital. He was eventually flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where he experienced a full recovery and has been released.

The new device is included on all South Lake Tahoe and Lake Valley ambulances.

It was purchased by the California Tahoe Emergency Services Operations Authority.