Bay Area woman was not taking photos when she slipped and died at Eagle Falls |

Bay Area woman was not taking photos when she slipped and died at Eagle Falls

A woman was killed taking photos at Eagle Falls on Friday. North Tahoe Fire Protection District Photo

A young woman’s body was recovered from Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay on Friday after she slipped and went over the falls.

Bay Area resident Stephanie Espinosa, 35, was sitting in one of the pools of water Friday near Eagle Falls, a popular destination in Tahoe’s Emerald Bay, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. While reaching for a branch, Espinosa slipped and was swept away by the fast moving water over the waterfall.

Search and rescue resources were deployed. They found Espinosa — a mother of three and frequent visitor to Tahoe, according to her family — deceased.

Initial reports that Espinosa was taking photos at the time were unfounded.

The incident is being investigated by California State Parks. The sheriff’s office is handling the coroner’s investigation.

GoFundMe campaign was started to help raise money for funeral services and Espinosa’s family.

The campaign states that she is survived by her three children, mother, two brothers and four sisters.

“She was a mother figure to all her siblings and was raising one of her youngest sisters as she had done with several other siblings,” according to the GoFundMe post.

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District, in a Facebook post Sunday, reminded visitors of the dangers that exist in the Tahoe Basin.

“Our message is to help visitors understand the dangers inherent to our beautiful region, and especially after this record winter, our creeks, rivers, waterfalls and lake carry many dangers that visitors need to be aware of. Our only hope is that this tragic accident will help others to take heed and use extreme caution when they are recreating in the area.”

According to the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, emergency crews from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, El Dorado Search and Rescue California State parks, Meeks Bay Fire Protection District, Truckee Fire Protection District and Squaw Valley Fire Department also responded to the incident.

Even bodies of water that might not seem threatening are extremely cold from snowmelt.