Coast Guard rescues local woman in Lake Tahoe

Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe crew members participate in two-boat training, Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The crew maintains and operates two 25-foot rapid response boats and conducts search and rescue, law enforcement and national defense missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng.SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard rescued a woman in Lake Tahoe at approximately 7:50 p.m. Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center received a call at 5:50 p.m., from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe, notifying the command center of a request for assistance from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office stated that a local female swam 100 yards out from Kings Beach in an attempt to evade local authorities.

A boatcrew and surface rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe responded to the scene and retrieved the woman from the water. She was then transferred to Emergency Medical Services and local authorities who were standing by to treat the woman for hypothermia and take her into custody.

The Coast Guard would like to remind swimmers and beachgoers that despite the warm weather, the water temperature is still cold and unforgiving.

“Lake Tahoe can be very dangerous,” said Chief Petty Officer Daniel Polhemus, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe. “The Coast Guard encourages citizens to remain cautious around the water and take proper safety precautions.”

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