Kayakers rescued off Incline Beach
Genoa, Nev. — Two kayakers who overturned near Incline Beach in Lake Tahoe were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan on Wednesday afternoon.
The kayakers were paddling near Incline Beach at approximately 3:20 p.m., when they both fell off of their kayaks and were unable to get back on and drifted apart from each other.
A Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe boatcrew launched and assisted the kayakers shortly after they were reported in the water. Douglas County Sheriff’s Marine 7, Incline Battalion Fire Marine Rescue and South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s Marine 1 were also responded.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard response boat located the adult male and rescued him near Incline Beach. The female kayaker was rescued by a local good Samaritan. Neither kayaker was wearing a life jacket. Both kayakers were reunited at the Hyatt Pier reportedly in stable condition.
“Life jackets greatly increase the chance of survival during maritime accidents, which can occur suddenly and without warning,” said Chief Petty Officer Daniel Polhemus, Officer-in-charge, Station Lake Tahoe. “The dispatched responders were able to immediately locate and rescue the persons in the water because of the excellent coordination between the local agencies.”