Drowning woman pulled from Upper Truckee River
Police and fire officials rescued a woman paddle boarding in the chilly waters of the Upper Truckee River on Wednesday.
The paddle boarder was out with several friends when she hit a downed tree and was knocked off her board near the bridge over Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Tim Spencer said. The woman was tethered to the board and started to drown after losing energy while fighting the strong flow of the river.
When rescuers arrived on scene a South Lake Tahoe police officer had already pulled the woman from the river and started performing CPR. She was eventually transported to Barton Memorial Hospital. Spencer, noting the urgency of the situation and the lack of formal identification, did not know the woman’s name.
CPR was performed the entire way to the hospital.
“I can just say she was still a viable, treatable patient when we turned her over,” Spencer said, adding he was unaware of her current condition Wednesday evening.
The Tribune was unable to reach an official with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department to inquire about the woman’s name and condition.
Given the strong flow, the cold temperatures and the numerous obstacles on the Upper Truckee River, Spencer said the incident should serve as a note of caution.
“You have to be super, super careful … this time of year we have extremely cold water and very high flow rates.”