Man Dies In Lake Tahoe After Propeller Strike

Summer is the time when people are most likely to take to the ocean or lakes in the area to cool off and have fun in the sun.  As exciting as being out on the open water can be, it’s crucial to take precautions to stay safe, whether you’re swimming, surfing, or boating.

NBC in Los Angeles reports that on Monday, August 10th, Salt Lake Tahoe Police have identified a Northern California man who drowned after being struck by a boat propeller at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe on Monday.

At approximately  4:00 p.m., 28-year-old David Castorena of Napa, California, was boating on Lake Tahoe when the incident occurred.  Approximately a mile from the shore of the lake, Castorena had attempted to get into an inflatable tube that was being towed by a rental boat.  As he did so, the propeller of the boat struck his leg. 

An emergency team was called to the scene where they tried unsuccessfully to revive Castorena. Officials say that Castorena was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident.

Two other men were with Castorena at the time of the accident. One of the men was in the water at the time and was wearing a life vest. The ither man remained inside the boat. Neither of them was injured in the incident.

Spokesperson for the Salt Lake Police Department, Lt. Shannon Laney, told reporters in a statement that the accident is a tragic reminder that boating safety should always be a top priority. 

“Wear a lifevest, refrain from drinking, and boat responsibly,” Lt. Laney said. 

The accident is currently under investigation.

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