Search End For Missing Woman On Tahoe

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Searchers halted efforts Friday to find a woman missing since a ski boat capsized Wednesday on Lake Tahoe, causing the death of her husband. Seven other people on the boat were rescued.

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said search teams were unable to find Janis Sauer, 50, despite extensive efforts that involved more than 30 people, several boats and a helicopter.

"We put in 2 1/2 days with no luck whatsover,"Pierini said."We've done everything we possibly could, and we just couldn't come up with anything."

The sheriff said that while the search has been called off, patrol boats that are routinely in the area on Tahoe's east shore will continue to look for Sauer. He also said that any boaters who have information should call his office at 775-782-9911.

Charles Sauer Jr., 53, of San Carlos, Calif., was pulled from the chilly lake Wednesday evening after the rented ski boat capsized in rough water, but was declared dead at a South Lake Tahoe hospital.

The boat's engine had stopped, possibly due to a rope that became snarled in the propeller, and flipped in an area a half-mile offshore, where the lake is 400 to 600 feet deep, the sheriff said.

Authorities said a hiker called dispatchers Wednesday evening and said he saw a person swimming and yelling for help off Cave Rock, a launching point for boaters.

Officers arriving at Cave Rock asked a private boat owner for help in searching for the victims, and four were found clinging to the hull of the capsized boat. Three others were rescued in the water and one swam to shore. They were in the lake for about 90 minutes.

Those rescued, including members of the Sauers'family and friends, were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital suffering from hypothermia. Some had cuts and bruises.


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